Mother of Tamir Rice relieved officer fired

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Eight months after joining the Cleveland Police Department, Loehmann shot and killed Tamir, who was playing with a pellet gun, at the Cudell Recreation Center in November 2014.

Officer Frank Garmback, who drove the patrol auto to the park, "would be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday", The New York Times reports.

The review panel found that Loehmann did not disclose to the Cleveland Police Department that he had been deemed emotionally immature by the Independence, Ohio Police Department, where he worked prior to joining Cleveland police.

This undated family photo provided by the family's attorney Timothy Kucharski on November 24, 2014 shows Tamir Rice.

During a news conference today, Cleveland's Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath announced Loehmann has been fired-but not for his involvement in Rice's killing. In a 911 call that police released at the beginning of the investigation, a person can be heard saying, "There is a guy with a pistol".

The mother of Tamir Rice says punishment handed down for officers involved in her son's shooting death took "too long" and believes both officers should have been fired.

Frank Garmback, the officer with Loehmann on that day, will start his 10-day suspension on Wednesday. A grand jury refused to file charges against Loehmann and Garmback in December 2015.

Loehmann lied and said he resigned from Independence police for personal reasons. The killing became part of a national outcry about police violence against black boys and men.

Samaria Rice settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city previous year for $6 million. In a video of the shooting, the patrol vehicle skids to a stop just feet from the boy.

Mayor Frank Jackson said the city went through an "exhaustive process" in determining disciplinary action. On the day of the incident, Loehmann and Garmback responded to a dispatch call in which they were informed about "a black male sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people" in a city park.

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