A Cleveland emergency medical services supervisor named Jamie Marquardt has been officially terminated Friday following disturbing comments he made on Facebook where he not only defended Officer Timothy Loehmann’s actions in fatally shooting Rice, but disgustingly espouses his desire to have had the chance to shoot “the little criminal.”
Monday, a startling posting surfaced from the Facebook account for an EMS supervisor. It included, “Tamir Rice should have been shot and I am glad he is dead. 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).”
As is typically the case when a damaging social media post begins to spread, Marquardt immediately began backpedaling, alleging that somebody “stole his phone” and that he himself did not make the post.
Later though, a post that said in part, “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 posts were widely and immediately condemned by Cleveland City Hall and its Office of Integrity Control. Marquardt was terminated officially for violating the City of Cleveland’s policies and procedures, city spokesman Dan Williams said.
“The posts were not acceptable and do not represent the views or standards of the City of Cleveland administration, Department of Public Safety or Division of Emergency Medical Services,” Williams said.
Rice died in November 2014 after he was shot by Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann outside a Cleveland West Side recreation center.
He was playing with a toy gun and was shot less than two seconds upon officers arrival to the scene.