June 23, 2018

Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

31 May 2017, 06:29 | Erin Grant

The announcement was confirmed at a news conference held by chief of police Calvin Williams who said Loehmann will be terminated immediately, and the officer who drove the patrol auto, Frank Garmback, will be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday. According to CNN, Garmback "will be suspended for 10 days because he violated tactical rules relating to how he drove to the scene that day".

Rice was shot and killed by Loehmann outside Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 22.

Instead, the two were disciplined for other violations that surfaced during the two-year investigation. "He should never have been a police officer", she said, but "Garmback should be fired for pulling up so close to Tamir".

Days earlier, SC police officer Michael Slager admitted to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black man he fatally shot in the back during a traffic stop. The officers on the scene, Loehmann and Frank Garmback, hadn't delivered first aid, a role left to an Federal Bureau of Investigation officer who happened to be nearby.

The officers' union said it was challenging the discipline, while Tamir's mother said both officers should have been fired. A disciplinary letter from the Independence police said Loehmann had "an inability to emotionally function", and cited an emotional breakdown he experienced at a local gun range, the Plain Dealer reported. "They did not do anything outside of our policy, outside of our training, and this is a politically motivated witch hunt".

Earlier this year, the 911 operator who took the call about Tamir was suspended for eight days for failing to tell the radio dispatcher that the caller had said Tamir could be a juvenile and the gun might be fake.

Security footage showed that Loehmann and Garmback's police cruiser skidded to a halt near Rice and within two seconds Loehmann opened the vehicle door and began firing at Rice.

In April 2016, the city paid a $6 million settlement to Tamir's family. Officers believed he was carrying a weapon, but it turned out to be an Airsoft replica.

On May 30, Cleveland police announced that Loehmann was terminated from the police department, effective immediately, not for firing the fatal shot, but for lying on his police application.

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