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Medic’s Firing Over Tamir Rice Facebook Posts Upheld on Appeal

Jan. 25, 2023, 9:39 PM

A Cleveland EMT who was fired for his Facebook posts calling Tamir Rice, a Black 12-year-old fatally shot by police, offensive names and expressing his happiness about his death lost his free speech suit on appeal.

Jamie Marquardt’s speech addressed a matter of public concern, but Cleveland lawfully fired him because its interest in preventing the disintegration of public trust outweighed his free speech interest, the US Court of of Appeals for Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

Fourteen months after protests decrying the use of lethal force in Rice’s death, the shooting was national news again when it was revealed that ...