Monday [March 14, 2016], Captain Jamie Marquadt appeared on social media, making inappropriate comments towards late 12-year old Tamir Rice and has now been fired.
“I’m glad he is dead,” Marquardt’s post read on Facebook. “I wish I was in the park that day as he terrorized innocent patrons by pointing a gun at them. I am upset I did not get the chance to kill the little criminal (expletive).”
It was in November 2014 that a young Tamir Rice was gunned down by Officer Timothy Loehmann when Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback responded to a call stating a person holding a gun appeared “juvenile” and the gun appeared to be “fake.” In December 2015, Loehmanm was not indicted.
Marquardt later claimed he wasn’t the the person behind the posts on his page.
“Someone…picked up my phone and made some awful posts under my name. I want to apologize for those who thought it was me. I do not believe or stand for what was written,” the retractions stated.
The post has since led to an investigation conducted by the Cleveland City Hall’s Office of Integrity Control.