Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice is Fired by Cleveland

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The city of Cleveland has fired the rookie police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, more than two and a half years after the boy’s death, reports. Timothy Loehmann’s ouster was not the result of killing the child, but for his failure to disclose the fact that he was asked to resign from the Independence Police Department after a supervisor raised concerns about his ability to be an effective police officer. Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath issued a 10-day suspension for officer Frank Garmback for putting Loehmann in danger for driving his partner within feet of the boy who had an airsoft replica pistol tucked in his waistband. Garmback will begin serving his suspension today. “There’s a 12-year-old kid dead,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. “People on both sides are going to say it wasn’t enough, it was too much. But we have to be fair and objective to everyone involved in the process. We believe we’ve come to a fair conclusion through this process.”

The firing brought some sense of closure to Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice. Rice, who settled a civil lawsuit against the city and the police department for a record $6 million, said she is disappointed that Loehmann’s ouster came from what amounts to an omission on a job application instead of killing her son. A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann and Garmback for their roles in Tamir’s death. Then-Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty recommended that the grand jury not charge the officers after a series of experts hired by his office deemed the shooting “objectively reasonable.”

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