Tamir Rice Facebook comments spark EMS supervisor investigation

The supervisor said someone else used his phone to post the comments under his name

CLEVELAND— The city of Cleveland has started an internal investigation after inflammatory comments about Tamir Rice were posted on an EMS supervisor's Facebook page.

Fox8.com reported a post surfaced from the supervisor's Facebook account Monday that said, “Tamir Rice should have been shot and I am glad he is dead. I wish I was in the park that day as he terrorized innocent patrons by pointing a gun at them. I am upset I did not get the chance to kill the little criminal (expletive).”

Another post on the supervisor’s page later in the day said, “Someone … picked up my phone and made some awful posts under my name. I want to apologize for those who thought it was me. I do not believe or stand for what was written.”

Despite the explanation, the Cleveland Office of Integrity Control launched an investigation into the incident.

The supervisor will not be named until the results of the city investigation are made public.

Cleveland NAACP President Mike Nelson said, “If he’s making these statements and making them boldly and publicly, then it’s setting a dangerous precedent, and it’s a cause for great concern.”

The supervisor in question will remain on the job until the investigation has concluded.

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