Cleveland Police Fire Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

Tamir Rice's mother alluded to the reality that the fate of the officers may not be tied to Tuesday's outcome.

A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann and his training officer Frank Garmback who was driving the police vehicle.

Garmback was driving the cruiser that skidded to a stop near Rice, before Loehmann jumped out and opened fire on the 12-year-old in less than two seconds. His death became an early touchstone for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Cleveland a year ago agreed to pay $6 million to the family in a settlement. Loehmann previously worked for the police department in Independence, Illinois, but resigned just before he was sacked because he was deemed emotionally unfit to be a police officer.

Video of the incident shows Loehmann, then a trainee, arriving in a squad auto driven by Garmback.

"I am relieved that Loehmann was sacked", said Samaria Rice.

The 911 dispatcher who failed to inform officers the caller said the gun was "probably fake" was suspended for eight days in March.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor chose not to pursue criminal charges against Loehmann and Garmback.

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

"There's a 12-year-old kid, dead. I think our officers have learned that there are best approaches to incidents and with the training that they are receiving, to bolster the training they've had in the past, hopefully we won't have any more incidents like this". "We have to be fair and objective".

Loomis also said the decisions to levy the discipline were politically motivated during a mayoral election year. "Those officers acted appropriately and within the guidelines they had to work with".

Disciplinary actions were also announced Tuesday against the officer who was with Loehmann at the scene of the Rice shooting.

(AP photo/Dake Kang) In this December 29, 2015, file photo, "R.I.P. Tamir Rice" is written on a wooden post near a makeshift memorial at the gazebo where the boy was fatally shot, outside the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland. His dismissal is effective immediately, officers said.

Cleveland city officials yesterday moved to discipline the officers.

"Shame on the city of Cleveland for taking so long to render a decision like this", she said in a phone interview with The New York Times.

"We still need accountability... he should have never been an officer in the first place".

Cleveland police said they have taken steps to curb the use of deadly force and overhaul their hiring process. A review of his personnel file with Independence police revealed that he had a meltdown during firearms training in 2012 and was in the process of being fired, the station noted. Loomis said the police union plans to apply for arbitration and hope to have the case before an arbitrator by the end of the summer.

Chief of Police Calvin Williams said the incident had been "tough on the entire community".

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot Rice three years ago, was sacked for inaccurate details on his job application and other administrative policy violations, not for the Rice shooting.

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