CLEVELAND (AP) — 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.