Cleveland police officer who killed Tamir Rice fired after rules violations

Jackie Newman
May 31, 2017

The New York Times reports that Cleveland officials have confirmed that Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has been fired.

The city of Cleveland settled a wrongful death lawsuit previous year with the Rice family for $6 million.

The officer, Timothy Loehmann, had been on the force for less than a year before the November 2014 shooting.

" I would have liked him to be fired for shooting my son", Samaria said.

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

Director of Public Safety for Cleveland also announced that Garmback will be suspended for 10 days and given additional training for his role in the deadly incident.

Samaria Rice said officer Frank Garmback should be fired for pulling up so close to Tamir.

In 2015, a Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to charge Garmback or Loehmann.

Loomis called Loehmann's firing a "joke", saying that officers haven't been fired in the past over job applications.

And though the officers faced no criminal charges for the incident, the City of Cleveland later agreed to pay $6 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by the Rice family.

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

A disciplinary letter against Loehmann has previously cited his failure to reveal during the Cleveland police application process that a suburban department allowed him to resign instead of being fired at the end of a six-month probationary period.

"This has been tough on our entire community", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.

Earlier this year, the 911 operator who took the call about Tamir was suspended for eight days for failing to tell the radio dispatcher that the caller had said Tamir could be a juvenile and the gun might be fake.

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