Another one bites the dust.
In November 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann just seconds after Loehmann pulled up to him. At the time of his death, Tamir was playing with a toy gun that was missing the orange warning tip that is supposed to identify it as a toy. The man who called 911 said that the gun probably wasn’t real, and the person with it was a kid. The dispatcher did not relay that however.
After he was shot by Loehmann, Tamir was reported to the hospital to be a man in his early 20’s. Tamir’s family lived across the street from the park where he was killed. His 14-year old sister ran out to come to his aid, and could have given officers facts about his age had she not been handcuffed and put in the back of the police car and threatened with arrest unless she remained silent.
Police dispatcher Constance Hollinger took the initial 9-1-1 call from a man outside the Cudell Recreation Center who said that someone was pointing a gun that was “probably fake” at people. She passed it on to Beth Mandi, who dispatched the police to Cudell Commons on Nov. 22, when Tamir Rice was shot. Beth Mandi was fired from her first police dispatcher job in September 2008. That same month, she was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to a bar. Read the rest of this entry