A Cleveland school police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he took to Facebook to rant about the Tamir Rice case, calling Rice’s mother a “stupid b*tch.”
According to The Raw Story, Cleveland Metropolitan School District officer Matt Cicero, who patrolled the school district Rice attended, has since deleted his Facebook page, so the post only exists in screen shots.
The post reads: “Tamir rices momma just want money. Lets make the proper changes……raise your kids not to play with fake guns stupid bi*tch. All this media because the are notgetting what they want…… Again pleeeeze anyone who does not like what I post…..unfriendly me or block me your not worth my time.”
When someone on Facebook said that a child doesn’t deserve to die because of a fake gun, Cicero responded, “You pull out a gun you get shot. I don’t have time to ask questions and coddle kids that wave guns around.”
While Cicero was placed on administrative leave for the comments, Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson said the he believes the officer should be fire. “It’s disrespectful to women, it’s disrespectful to African-Americans,” he said. “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 also released a statement saying, “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.”