911 Dispatcher Suspended Eight Days in Tamir Rice Case

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Cleveland officials handed down an eight-day suspension for a 911 call taker who didn’t relay that Tamir Rice was “probably a juvenile” and that the airsoft pellet gun he had was “probably fake,” reports Cleveland.com. Constance Hollinger faced up to 10 days without pay. Hollinger initially denied accusations that she did anything wrong, but Police Chief Calvin Williams found that she violated protocol during the call. Hollinger took the initial 911 call from a man near a recreation center. She never relayed the information to dispatcher Beth Mandl, who told the responding officers information that led them to believe a man was pointing a real gun. Mandl later resigned.

That omission was cited by former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty as a crucial mistake that directly affected how officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garnback responded to the November 2014 call. Loehmann shot and killed Rice, 12, less than two seconds after they arrived. McGinty said the shooting might have been avoided if the information was properly relayed to the officers. Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, called the suspension “unacceptable.” Her attorney, Subodh Chandra, said, “Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy. How pathetic is that?”

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