Cleveland fires 1 officer, suspends 2nd in Rice shooting

Posted June 08, 2017

He would be required to take an additional tactical training course, police said.

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

Cleveland police previously confirmed to News 5 that they did not review Officer Timothy Loehmann's personnel file with Independence police before hiring him.

Rice's mother, Samira Rice, said she is relieved that Loehmann was sacked but believes Garmback should also have been terminated, according to ABC News.

Loehmann was sacked because the department concluded he wasn't truthful on his job application, failing to reveal that a suburban department had allowed him to resign instead of being fired at the end of a six-month probationary period. His dismissal is effective immediately, officers said.

A protester holds a sign commemorating slain Tamir Rice.

She and her attorney, Subodh Chandra, said Cleveland city agencies suffered from systematic problems and that they hope a Department of Justice investigation will lead to rare federal civil rights charges.

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

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On Nov. 22, 2014, Rice was shot and killed by Loehmann outside the Cudell Recreation Center. Though the caller specified that the gun was "probably fake", that information was not communicated to the responding officers.

Loehmann's professional history was scrutinized after the release of a surveillance video that showed him shoot Rice in the stomach less than 2 seconds after his supervising officer, Garmback, pulled their patrol auto to a stop in the park where Tamir had been playing alone with a realistic-looking Airsoft gun. Two months later in March 2017, the emergency dispatcher who informed both the officers about Tamir Rice was suspended for eight days from work. Those charges were brought after a special committee was created by the department to investigate Tamir's shooting.

Tamir Rice's mother says she's relieved that the officer who fatally shot her 12-year-old son has been fired, but she also thinks the officer who drove the patrol auto that day should also be fired. Later, he applied to another suburban department but failed a written exam - which he also did not disclose when he applied for the Cleveland police force.

The penalties were announced by Michael McGrath, director of Public Safety, at a Tuesday news conference. "And the result of those failures, which remain unaccounted for, is that a child is dead".

"Hopefully we won't have any more incidents like this", Williams said. Rice was hit in the torso, and he died the next day.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Stephen Loomis say the union filed grievances against the disciplinary measures "within five minutes" after they were announced. "Evidence clearly shows that these gentlemen did not do anything illegal", he said.

Tuesday's announcement of Loehmann's firing and Garmback's suspension wasn't the first time police had disciplined officials involved in Rice's death. A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann and Garmback in December 2015.