Tamir Rice shooting probe: 1 officer fired, 1 suspended

by Johanna Valdez May 31, 2017, 6:28

The city of Cleveland has fired one police officer and suspended a second involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. According to CNN, Garmback "will be suspended for 10 days because he violated tactical rules relating to how he drove to the scene that day".

Hollinger failed to tell Mandl that the 911 caller told her that Tamir was "probably a child" and that that the airsoft pellet gun he had was "probably fake".

In Loehmann's case, he was sacked for rule violations during his job application process, "specifically, answers he had provided on his personal history statement", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.

Instead, the two were disciplined for other violations that surfaced during the two-year investigation.

"What we don't see.is any mention of accountability for the people at the city who permitted Loehmann to become an officer to begin with", Subodh Chandra, an attorney for the Rice family, was quoted as saying by local NBC affiliate WKYC-TV.

Police Chief Calvin Williams said the decision to terminate Loehmann came after the department's critical-incident committee reviewed the shooting.

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A message was left with the police union about the discipline. "And Garmback should be fired too, for his role in pulling up too close to Tamir".

In 2015, a little more than a year after the shooting, a grand jury also declined to bring criminal charges against the two officers. "They did not do anything outside of our policy, outside of our training, and this is a politically motivated witch hunt". Garmback and Loehmann were both on administrative duty when they were notified of the disciplinary measures Tuesday morning.

Loehmann was not fired for the shooting itself, but for misrepresenting himself on his job application when he applied to be an officer.

Loehmann shot Rice, who was holding a toy replica pistol, after a witness called 911 to report that someone was brandishing a gun in a park. Rather, Loehmann lost his job on account of his failure to disclose crucial details about his work history.

In surveillance video, Loehmann is seen shooting Rice twice within seconds of his arrival, after the boy appears to reach for the replica firearm in his waistband. Last year, the city of Cleveland paid Rice's family $6 million to settle a civil lawsuit over the fatal police shooting but made no admission of wrongdoing.

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