- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2016

A Cleveland school resource officer has been placed on paid leave after he called the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot by police in 2014, a “stupid b–-” on Facebook.

Matt Cicero, 43, was placed on leave Monday for the “hurtful” comments he made two days after a grand jury decided to not charge the two officers involved in the child’s death, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said Tuesday, Cleveland.com reported.

The Facebook account has since been deleted.

Tamir rices momma just want money,” the Dec. 30 post read, Raw Story reported. “Lets make the proper changes……raise your kids not to play with fake guns stupid b–-. All this media because the are not getting what they want…… Again pleeeeze anyone who does not like what I post…..unfriendly me or block me your not worth my time.”

Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir Nov. 22, 2014, while responding to a report of a “guy with a gun” scaring people outside Cudell Recreation Center. The gun was determined to be an airsoft replica pellet gun.

When a Facebook friend responded that Tamir did not deserve to die, Mr. Cicero said, “You pull out a gun you get shot. I don’t have time to ask questions and coddle kids that wave guns around,” Newsnet5 reported.

Mr. Cicero has been an armed mobile patrol officer for five years at the school district where Tamir was a student, said school district spokeswoman Roseann Canfora, Cleveland.com reported.

District CEO Eric Gordon issued a statement Tuesday calling Mr. Cicero’s comments “hurtful.”

“The comments posted are particularly insensitive, considering that Officer Cicero works for the school district that served Tamir Rice and his family,” he said. “Even as we grieve the tragic loss of this child to his family and to our entire school community, we are mindful of the very difficult job of our safety forces in our schools and our communities. Neither our citizens nor those who police our communities should be painted with a broad brush, and I don’t believe we will ever find solutions to such complex issues through Facebook posts — especially posts that further divide us.”

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson said Mr. Cicero should be fired.

“It’s disrespectful to women, it’s disrespectful to African-Americans,” he told Newsnet5. “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.”


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