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'It's Disrespectful': Cleveland Officer Suspended Over Facebook Post About Tamir Rice

| by Sean Kelly
Cicero's Facebook post about Tamir RiceCicero's Facebook post about Tamir Rice

A Cleveland police officer was suspended after posting a brutal rant directed toward the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a fellow Cleveland officer in 2014 while playing with a toy gun.

The rant, posted by Cleveland Metropolitan School District officer Matt Cicero on Dec. 30, came on the heels of the decision not to indict officer Timothy Loehmann for the death of Rice.

“Tamir rices momma just want money,” Cicero’s post read. "Lets make the proper changes ……. raise your kids not to play with fake guns stupid bitch. All this media bc the are notngetting what they want." 

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“Again," the post continues, "pleeeeze anyone who does not like what i post…....unfriendly me or block me your not worth my time."

A Facebook friend then commented, saying that Rice didn’t deserve to die for playing with a toy gun, to which Cicero responded bluntly.

You pull out a gun you get shot," he said. "I don’t have time to ask questions and coddle kids that wave guns around.”

Cicero also posted a meme of a man holding two guns alongside the caption: “Quick, which one is a BB gun? Oops, too late…you’re dead.”

Cleveland city councilman Jeff Johnson responded to Cicero’s post by calling for his termination.

“It’s disrespectful to women, it’s disrespectful to African-Americans,” he told NewsNet 5. “The fact that he’s so insensitive and he’s placing the blame of Tamir’s death on Tamir, for me that’s enough for him to be not working with children in the Cleveland school system.”

Cleveland Metropolitan School District spokeswoman Roseann Canfora called Cicero’s post insensitive in a statement to NewsNet 5.

“While we respect every employee’s right to freedom of speech, with those rights comes a responsibility to do so in ways that are appropriate and sensitive to others, particularly to the people we serve,” Canfora's statement read, in part.

Cicero is now on paid administrative leave while his actions are being investigated.

Sources: Daily Mail, RawStory, NewsNet 5 / Photo credit: NewsNet 5