Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Terminated From Force

Hat tip to Crustyolemothman

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice during a protest in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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. 

National Public Radio reports:

“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.



Posted on 05/30/2017, in Cases, Tamir Rice and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  2. He lost his job. he can find one again. Tamir Rice’s family lost him for eternity.

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  3. Too little. Too late.

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Fight for release of Tamir Rice grand jury transcripts heads to appeals court”

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    • Timothy McGinty was unseated in the election and Michael O’Malley was elected. It seems to me that O’Malley should have all documents regarding the investigation and is the go-to person.

      However, even if O’Malley finds a basis to charge, does Ohio treat a decision of the grand jury the same as constitutional double jeopardy? Can the grand jury’s decision not to indict be reversed, is what I’m asking. It really disappoints me that major news media reporting on that have not asked what is hoped to be accomplished.

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      • crustyolemothman

        Mz. Xena, After a little reading it would seem that despite the grand jury not indicting the prosecutor can still bring charges. However in that case there would be a preliminary hearing before a judge and the judge would make the decision if there was sufficient evidence to go to trial. Because the grand jury is not a trial and there is no judgment for or against the person accused, there is no double jeopardy involved. However because of what we have seen of Ohio justice, I can not see a trial ever taking place.
        I might add that this case was submitted to the grand jury not to indict, but to allow the prosecutor an avenue of escape from doing his job…

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        • Mothman,
          Thanks for the info re: double jeopardy. A judge did find sufficient evidence to charge, but no one knows if the prosecutor brought that before the grand jury. He certainly gave it no thought.

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          • crustyolemothman

            Mz. Xena, If either of my last two brain cells is functioning correctly, I do recall that what you say is sort of right, but the problem was that the judge that made the pronouncement was not from the level of court that was required to hear the case and that made his comments moot and not relevant legally. IMO the two officers should have been charged, but they don’t really care about our opinions when it comes to enforcement of the law…

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            • Mothman,
              The judge did say that it was up to the prosecutor. Re:

              “…but they don’t really care about our opinions when it comes to enforcement of the law…”

              There ya go. Which is why report, and seldom debate cases.

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  6. HEAD’S UP
    Jury selection began on Tuesday for the trial of Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Philando Castille. There were pre-trial motions yesterday.

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  7. chuquestaquenumber1

    Unfortunately Loehmann,like Darren Wilson, Richard Haaste and other killers can still get LEO jobs ,since they weren’t convicted of crimes.

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  8. Unfortunately, this is probably the only “justice” that Tamir will ever receive. The CPD obviously wants to wash their hands of the entire matter and they see this as their chance to do so. The underlying problem of hiring trigger-happy lunatics needs to be addressed as well, and obviously, the scumbag needs to be sent away for the murder of Tamir Rice.

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  9. They are blaming Loehman for not being honest on his application yet THEY failed to conduct a proper background check. They are all complicit in my eye


    • Mindyme,
      Excellent point! Think about the dispatcher too who failed to relay all the information. It leaves the impression that Cleveland hires unqualified people for jobs involving life or death.


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