March 19, 2016 10:08 pm -


The Cleveland employee wished he could have killed the “little criminal” himself.

“Tamir Rice should have been shot and I am glad he is dead,” wrote Jamie Marquardt, a supervisor for Cleveland’s Emergency Medical Service, according to Cleveland’s Fox 8 TV station. “I am upset I did not get the chance to kill the little criminal.”

A spokesperson for the city denounced the post and called Marquadt’s comments “egregious.”

Rice’s death in November 2014 sparked widespread protests and outrage. It was the latest in a string of controversial incidents of police brutality against black men, including the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, and a grand jury decision in Staten Island that also refused to indict NYPD Officer David Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The 12-year-old Rice was fatally gunned down by a white police officer while he was playing with a toy gun in a park near his house. The officer, Timothy Loehmann, opened fire on Rice just seconds after pulling up next to him.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.