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Official's Facebook post said he wished he'd shot Tamir Rice

6 years 10 months 1 week ago Friday, March 18 2016 Mar 18, 2016 March 18, 2016 2:26 PM March 18, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

CLEVELAND - An emergency medical services supervisor has been fired for a Facebook post saying he was glad a 12-year-old black boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland officer was dead.

The city confirmed the termination of EMS Capt. Jamie Marquardt on Friday. WJW-TV first reported Marquardt's Facebook post about Tamir Rice last month. A city spokesman called the post "egregious."

The post on Marquardt's Facebook page said he wished he'd had the chance to have shot "the little criminal." A follow-up post blamed someone who'd picked up his phone for the original post.

Tamir was playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in November 2014 when he was shot by a policeman who thought the weapon was real.

Marquardt doesn't have a listed telephone number and couldn't be reached.

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