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. A panel of city officials - known as the Critical Incident Response Committee - determined that neither Loehmann nor his partner Frank Garmback violated department policies in the shooting. He was sacked for lying on his application to Cleveland police.
The other officer, Frank Garmback, was assigned extra tactical training in addition to his suspension.
Timothy Loehmann was sacked for providing false information in his application to join the Cleveland Police Department, allegedly lying about how his brief period of time with the Independence Police Department came to an end, Cleveland.com reported. Still, the police chief noted that since the shooting, changes had been made in the way officers are trained. "And Garmback should be fired too, for his role in pulling up too close to Tamir".
"They had to resurrect the Independence personnel file because they had nothing on him", Hilow said. Rice's killing came on the heels of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, who were also killed by police.
"You did not employ proper tactics when you failed to stop your zone auto immediately upon entering Cudell Park", McGrath wrote in a letter informing Garmback of his 10-day suspension.
Tamir, who was black, was shot outside a recreation center in November 2014 as he held a pellet gun that the white officers mistook for a real firearm.More news: Wonder Woman berths in Nigeria
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The 911 dispatcher who failed to inform officers the caller said the gun was "probably fake" was suspended for eight days in March.
Video surveillance showed he fired his weapon two seconds after leaving the patrol vehicle. He had not yet completed his six-month probationary period when he shot Tamir in 2014.
The police union representing the officers planned a news conference later Tuesday. "And the result of those failures, which remain unaccounted for, is that a child is dead".
Cleveland police said they have taken steps to curb the use of deadly force and overhaul their hiring process.
The investigation was extensive and involved many agencies, Williams said. According to WKYC, Loehmann wasn't fired for Tamir Rice's death but rather because the investigation into it led officials to discover he wasn't forthright on his application to join the police department.