Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Terminated From Force
Hat tip to Crustyolemothman
On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was in a park in Cleveland, Ohio with a toy gun. A person called 911 and told the dispatcher that the person was “probably a juvenile” and the gun was “probably fake.” The dispatcher did not relay that information over the radio.
Officers Frank Garmback and Rookie Timothy Loehmann arrived and Loehmann shot Tamir Rice, who later died from the gunshot wound.
The Cleveland police dispatcher who failed to relay all of the information was suspended for eight days.
There were filings in court where a judge found probable cause to arrest Garmback and Loehmann, however, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty did not charge the officers and a grand jury did not indict.
Tamir’s estate filed a federal lawsuit and the City of Cleveland settled for $6 million.
The Cleveland Police Union has filed suit against manufacturers of toy guns seeking to have them redesigned.
Today, May 30, 2017, Timothy Loehmann was fired from the Cleveland Police Department. His termination was for violations he committed in the course of his hiring process.
“Loehmann failed to disclose the full circumstances of how his time at a previous police department ended:
Loehmann was allowed to resign from the Independence department after six months following a series of incidents where supervisors determined he was unfit to be a police officer.
“The disciplinary letter cites a letter in Loehmann’s personnel file from Independence that says he was emotionally immature and had ‘an inability to emotionally function.’ The letter also cites an emotional breakdown Loehmann had on the gun range in Independence.”
Frank Garmback, the officer with Loehmann when Tamir was killed, was suspended for 10 days for administrative rule violations. He is required to take a tactical training course.