Cleveland cop put on administrative leave after Facebook post about Tamir Rice’s mother

Cleveland school police officer Matt S. Cicero has been put on administrative leave following a Facebook post about Tamir Rice‘s mother, Samaria Rice, and criticizing her parenting skills.

On Dec. 28, a grand jury decided to issue no indictment in the death of 12-year-old Rice, who was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer on Nov. 22, 2014. Rice had been playing with a toy gun in a park when officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback pulled up beside him following a call from a neighbor. The neighbor told the dispatcher that the gun was “probably fake” and it’s “probably a juvenile,” but Loehmann shot Rice in a matter of seconds.  

Two days after the grand jury’s decision, Cicero, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District resource officer, posted on his Facebook page: “Tamir rices momma just want money. Lets make the proper changes……raise your kids not to play with fake guns stupid b****.”

He continued, “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.”

Cicero’s page has since been deleted, but not before WEWS grabbed images from the posts.  

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City councilman Jeff Johnson told WEWS that the school police officer should be fired for his comments. “It’s disrespectful to women, it’s disrespectful to African-Americans,” Johnson told WEWS. “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.”

WEWS reached out to Cicero for comment, but he declined.

Illustration by Max Fleishman

Deron Dalton

Deron Dalton

Deron Dalton is a social journalist whose work for the Daily Dot focused on police violence, activism, and the Black Lives Matter movement.