Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Fired For Rule Violations On Job Application

Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Fired For Rule Violations On Job Application

Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Fired For Rule Violations On Job Application

Cleveland city officials announced in a Tuesday news conference that the police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been fired from the police department.

Records made public by another police department where Mr Loehmann worked prior to joining the Cleveland force, showed that supervisors there had wanted to fire him for emotional instability.

A second officer, who was driving the patrol auto, Frank Garmback, will be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday.

"On a Saturday afternoon past year, Tamir Rice was playing with an air gun at a park on the west side of Cleveland".

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.

On that fateful day in 2014, the officers responded to a call about Rice playing with a pellet gun near a recreation center.

Garmback was charged by city officials for failing to employ proper tactics when he operated the patrol vehicle the day Rice was shot.

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The shooting was one of several involving police and unarmed black males, which led to mass protests across the US.

A discipline letter against Garmback has cited him for driving too close to Rice. Loehmann shot Tamir within two seconds after the police cruiser stopped near the boy.

A grand jury declined in 2015 to indict both officers in Rice's death.

Rookie patrolman Loehmann jumped out and fired his service weapon twice.

Garmback could be back on patrol after his suspension, if Williams permits it. Cleveland police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia said he would first have to go through a reintegration program. Loomis says officers haven't been fired before for that reason. The city agreed to pay a $6 million dollar settlement to Rice's family to settle a civil lawsuit in April 2016.

The police union representing the officers planned a news conference later Tuesday. "We still need accountability". Garmback was suspended for 10 days.

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