Cleveland Fires The Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Tamir Rice

Ruben Hill
June 3, 2017

"Loehmann was allowed to resign from the Independence department after six months following a series of incidents where supervisors determined he was unfit to be a police officer".

Rice's mother called the actions against Loehmann and Garmback "deeply disappointing".

Police Chief Calvin Williams announced the discipline Tuesday against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.

Garback was suspended 10 days without pay for driving too close to Tamir, putting Loehmann in potential danger.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the rookie cop who killed him, Timothy Loehmann, has been fired from the Cleveland Division of Police following the conclusion of an investigation into the shooting.

Garmback was charged by city officials for failing to employ proper tactics when he operated the patrol auto the day Rice was shot.

Loehmann's firing was reported to be about lying on his application and violating other policies rather than the Rice shooting, WKBW reported. The officers were not told that the gun the child was wielding was suspected to be a replica. Someone called the police, mentioning in the process that the gun could be fake.

Loehmann's removal comes a year after the city settled a civil lawsuit with Rice's family for $6 million.

He also said he believes the city decided on what discipline would be handed down before the two officers' disciplinary hearings.

Loehmann, however, was not fired for the shooting.

Two months later in March 2017, the emergency dispatcher who informed both the officers about Tamir Rice was suspended for eight days from work. Video released after the episode showed that Loehmann shot Tamir within two seconds of the patrol auto pulling up beside the boy.

Cleveland police have "learned a lot from this incident", Williams said, adding that "our use of deadly force went dramatically down here in the city of Cleveland since 2014".

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

In 2015, a grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against Loehmann for the shooting. 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. "I think our officers have learned there are best approaches to incidents and, with the training they're receiving to bolster the training they've had in the past, hopefully we won't have any more incidents like this".

"We've gone through an exhaustive process [to reach this conclusion]", Mayor Frank Jackson said at a press conference.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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