Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2017

Cleveland's Police Chief Calvin Williams announced on Tuesday that the police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice in 2014 would leave the city's police force.

Tamir Rice's mother says she's relieved that the officer who fatally shot her 12-year-old son has been fired, but she also thinks the officer who drove the patrol auto that day should also be fired. He also was in a probationary period with Cleveland police, 10 months, when the shooting occurred.

At the time of his death, Rice was playing at a neighborhood playground.

But the internal review panel investigating the Rice shooting found he lied or omitted crucial information in his application's personal history statement, city officials said. When the officers approached Rice, the boy reportedly attempted to reach towards the gun in his waistband.

Loehmann's firing comes two and half years after Rice's death in November 2014. Loehmann shot Tamir. Garmback was driving their police cruiser. "Patrol Officer Timothy Loehmann shall be terminated from employment with the City of Cleveland, Division of Police, effective immediately".

"I'm relieved Loehmann was sacked".

Video of the shooting shows Garmback driving onto the grassy park area, which raised questions about whether that was standard procedure.

In his six months with the Independence Police Department, Loehmann's supervisors allegedly found him to be immature and unable to "emotionally function", a disciplinary letter obtained by said.

Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, told the Times that her entire family was was relieved by the termination, but was appalled by the length of time it took to get to that decision.

The shooting was one of several involving police and unarmed black males, which led to mass protests across the US.

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

The announcement brings to an end a more-than-two-year process that included investigations by Cleveland police, the local sheriff's office, the county prosecutor, as well as a special Critical Incident Review Committee, which aimed to determine if any administrative violations had taken place.

The penalties were announced by Michael McGrath, director of Public Safety, at a Tuesday news conference.

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