Tamir Rice shooting probe: 1 officer fired, 1 suspended

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams announced the discipline against officers Timothy Loehmann, who shot the boy, and Frank Garmback, who was driving the cruiser that skidded to a stop near the boy.

Loehmann shot and killed Tamir on November 22, 2014 outside the Cudell Recreation Center.

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 vehicle that day should also be fired.

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.

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

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


After a special committee was created by the department to investigate Tamir's shooting, it was announced that the two officers, along with a third officer William Cunningham, would face administrative charges.

"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. A disciplinary letter against him cited him for driving too close to Rice.

Loehmann, who shot Rice, was sacked not for something related to the shooting, but because of inaccuracies on his application form, Williams said. "He should never have been a police officer", she said.

A grand jury decided not to indict police officers involved in Rice's death in 2015.

"Our use of deadly force has gone dramatically down", he said. Loomis said the police union plans to apply for arbitration and hope to have the case before an arbitrator by the end of the summer.

Along with the suspension, Garmback will be required to attend additional tactical training.

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