Officer who shot Tamir Rice fired in unrelated matter

May 31, 2017, 06:30
Officer who shot Tamir Rice fired in unrelated matter

A white police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy in Cleveland, Ohio, in November 2014 has been sacked for lying on his cadet application.

Officer Frank Garmback, who drove the patrol auto to the park, "would be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday", The New York Times reports.

Rice had been playing with what looked like a gun in a park near his home when someone called 911 to report him.

In Loehmann's case, he was sacked for rule violations during his job application process, "specifically, answers he had provided on his personal history statement", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.

The police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice was sacked Tuesday for failing to disclose that he had been forced out of another department before Cleveland hired him, while his partner was suspended for driving too close to the 12-year-old seconds before the boy was killed.

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

What's weird is that Loehmann's partner, Officer Frank Garmback, is being reprimanded for reasons more directly related to Rice's death.

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland police union, said he was "extremely disappointed" with the decision to fire Loehmann and suspend Garmback.

Frank Garmback, the officer with Loehmann on that day, will start his 10-day suspension on Wednesday.

After the police were notified that the officers wouldn't face criminal charges, Williams ordered a committee to conduct an administrative review. A disciplinary letter against him cited him for driving too close to Rice.

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In April 2016, the city paid a $6 million settlement to Tamir's family.

Per Williams, Loehmann's firing is effective immediately, while Garmback will be required to take an additional tactical training course.

A grand jury found both officers not guilty of a crime following the Rice shooting. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said at the time that Rice's death was "an absolute tragedy", but that it was "reasonable" for the officers to believe they were in danger.

In surveillance video, Loehmann is seen shooting Rice twice within seconds of his arrival, after the boy appears to reach for the replica firearm in his waistband.

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