Cleveland fires officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice

Aaron Brown
June 8, 2017

The Cleveland police officer who shot dead 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has been fired, the city's police chief announced Tuesday.

On Nov. 22, 2014, Rice was shot and killed by Loehmann outside the Cudell Recreation Center.

Frank Garmback, the officer driving the patrol vehicle so close to Rice the day he was shot within two seconds of the patrol car's arrival was suspended for 10 days, for the way he approached the scene.

Garmback suspended for using "improper tactics" when driving up to the gazebo near which Rice was shot.

However, the cop was not let go for the Rice shooting, and instead because he provided inaccurate details on his job application.

Loehmann shot Rice, who was holding a toy replica pistol, after a witness called 911 to report that someone was brandishing a gun in a park.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson offered his condolences to Rice's family and said, "We've gone through an exhaustive process" in reviewing officers' actions.

"Therefore, effective immediately this morning, Patrol Officer Loehmann will be terminated from the Cleveland Division of Police", McGrath said. Last year, the city of Cleveland paid Rice's family $6 million to settle a civil lawsuit over the fatal police shooting but made no admission of wrongdoing.

Loomis also said the decisions to levy the discipline were politically motivated during a mayoral election year. Loehmann was accused in Independence of, among other things, failing to secure his firearm and being insubordinate and untruthful to a superior officer.

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In March, a Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers that a 911 caller had described the scene at the playground as probably a child with a fake gun.

In 2015, a grand jury declined to indict Loehmann or his partner, Frank Garmback, who received a 10-day suspension.

A protester holds a sign commemorating slain Tamir Rice.

The announcement was the result of a review by the department's critical incident review committee, Williams said.

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

Considered a hefty sum for such a suit, David Graham of the Atlantic wrote at the time, "The size of the settlement may reflect in part the circumstances of Rice's death".

Those administrative charges apparently have to do with him lying about his employment history when he joined the police force. McGinty effectively stonewalled the high-profile case, at one point ignoring a judge's ruling that probable cause existed to charge Loehmann and Garmback in the killing.

A message was left with the police union about the discipline.

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