Cop Who Fatally Shot Tamir Rice Fired


Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference Tuesday that officer Timothy Loehmann was sacked for inaccuracies on his application form, while officer Frank Garmback, who was driving that fateful day in November 2014, was suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule while operating the vehicle.

Frank Garmback, the other officer who was driving the patrol vehicle at the time of the shooting, will be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday.

The Guardian reports that Police Chief Calvin Williams stated Loehmann was not fired over Rice's death, but because of "inaccurate details on his job application".

Loehmann's firing on Tuesday is the closest Rice's family have come to seeing their criticisms of their son's killer validated. As the Plain Dealer reported last month, CIRC already "found no fault in the officers' actions leading up to, during and after the November 22, 2014 shooting at Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland's West Side".

"The officers did not violate any rules, with the exception of failing to notify our communication control section, which is police radio, of their arrival time at the Cudell Recreation Center", Deputy Chief Wayne Drummond said.

Cleveland city officials on Tuesday moved to discipline the officers. Loehmann quickly exited the squad vehicle and, within three seconds, shot at Rice. The killing became part of a national outcry about police violence against minorities, particularly black boys and men.

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Earlier this year, the 911 dispatcher who took the call that led to the shooting was suspended for eight days. Video of the shooting showed that Loehmann shot the child, who was holding a toy pellet gun, within two seconds of arriving on the scene.

After that, Williams ordered a committee to determine if the officers violated department rules.

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland police union, said he was "extremely disappointed" with the decision to fire Loehmann and suspend Garmback.

Two officers were disciplined in 2015 for failing to thoroughly check Loehmann's personnel file before he was hired.

Cleveland police are investigating after one person was killed Tuesday afternoon on the city's East Side.

Cleveland previous year agreed to pay $6 million to the family in a settlement.