Officer who shot Tamir Rice is fired in unrelated matter

Violet Tucker
May 31, 2017

Police Chief Calvin Williams announced the discipline against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who were involved in the fatal shooting of the boy at a recreation center as he held a pellet gun.

The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice was sacked Tuesday for inaccuracies on his job application, while the officer who drove the patrol vehicle the day of the shooting was suspended for violating a tactical rule. Video of the shooting shows the patrol vehicle skidding to a stop just feet from the boy.

A county prosecutor announced in December 2015 that Loehmann and Garmback wouldn't be indicted after telling a grand jury there wasn't evidence to support criminal charges. Investigators say surveillance shows Tamir reaching toward his waistband and lifting up an outer garment. Garmback was suspended for 10 days.

Loehmann's firing on Tuesday is the closest Rice's family have come to seeing their criticisms of their son's killer validated.

"We have learned a lot", since the Rice shooting, Chief Williams said on Tuesday, pointing to new policies and training in de-escalation tactics.

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"On a Saturday afternoon previous year, Tamir Rice was playing with an air gun at a park on the west side of Cleveland". Today, the officer who shot him was sacked. Garmback and Loehmann were both on administrative duty when they were notified of the disciplinary measures Tuesday morning. "It makes it even more challenging and more hard in terms of accepting it if it happens at the hands of a police officer".

"Patrol officer Loehmann had been charged with rule violations concerning his application process to be considered a cadet with the Division of Police - specifically, answers he had provided on his personal history statement", Michael McGrath, the city's director of public safety, told reporters in prepared remarks.

The Cleveland Scene reports that Loehmann was in the process of being fired for "dismal performance" after the shooting, but was given the opportunity to resign first.

Not exactly justice, and it is unfortunate that we have to desperately grasp onto these "small wins". The reason: he'd failed to disclose the struggles that had caused him to leave his old job as a cop in Independence, Ohio. Regardless, he shouldn't be on anyone's patrol force ever again.

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