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Bellaire Police Hire a Mistake

People who have made mistakes in their lives often earn second chances. Tim Loehmann should not be getting his in Bellaire.

As a story on page one of today’s newspaper explains, Loehmann has been hired as a Bellaire police officer. He will be strapping on a pistol belt every day he goes to work.

Loehmann’s name ought to ring an alarm bell. He was the Cleveland police officer who, in 2014, shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

“He was cleared of any and all wrongdoing” in that tragedy, noted Bellaire Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan, who hired Loehmann. Indeed, a grand jury refused to indict Loehmann in Rice’s death. It was explained that the boy was carrying a realistic-looking pellet gun and appeared to Loehmann to be a threat.

But Cleveland police fired Loehmann last year. They explained he had not been candid on his 2013 job application. Loehmann failed to mention he had worked previously as a police officer in Independence, Ohio.

He was allowed to resign from that position, though supervisors recommended he be terminated. According to published reports, they cited “instances of insubordination, lying and an ‘inability to emotionally function.'”

Loehmann may have matured. He deserves a second chance with some employer.

But giving him that chance with the Bellaire Police Department is, frankly, taking too much of a chance.

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