Cleveland fires 1 officer, suspends 2nd in Rice shooting

Wade Massey
May 31, 2017

A white police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy in Cleveland, Ohio, in November 2014 has been sacked for lying on his cadet application.

Cleveland Police Patrolman Association President Steve Loomis will respond Tuesday afternoon to the disciplinary actions handed down earlier in the day against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.

In January, it was announced that the two officers as well as a third officer, William Cunningham, would face administrative charges from the department. Investigators say surveillance shows Tamir reaching toward his waistband and lifting up an outer garment.

A grand jury provoked national outrage in 2015 after it decided not to bring charges against Loehmann.

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"Soon afterward, police drove onto the grass within feet of 12-year-old Tamir".

Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice, expressed mixed feelings about the discipline. "We have to be fair and objective".

The final decision to fire Loehmann was made after what Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson deemed an "exhaustive process" of investigation. The city agreed to pay a $6 million dollar settlement to Rice's family to settle a civil lawsuit in April 2016.

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"Shame on the city of Cleveland for taking so long to deal with the situation", said Samaria Rice.

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

Cleveland police brass said they have taken steps to curb the use of deadly force and overhaul their hiring process. An evaluation in the file said Loehmann was emotionally immature and inept at handling guns.

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

"Was it the determining factor in us changing the way we hire?"

A message was left with the police union about the discipline.

In March, a Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers that a 911 caller had described the scene at the playground as probably a child with a fake gun. Loehmann's firing was effective Tuesday.

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