Cleveland fires 1 officer, suspends 2nd in Rice shooting

Tamir Rice a boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer while protesting a grand jury's decision in Ferguson Mo. not to indict police officer Darren Wilson

Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, was sacked by the Cleveland Police Department on Tuesday.

The police union representing the officers planned a news conference later Tuesday.

"This has been tough on our entire community, and definitely on the Rice family", Cleveland's chief of police, Calvin Williams, said at the news conference on Tuesday. Tamir Rice died the next day. According to Cleveland police, Loehmann's job application contained inaccuracies and he violated other administrative policies.

The two cops had been called to the area on November 22, 2014, after someone reported there was a man nearby pointing a gun at people.

City officials and the Cleveland Police Department announced that Loehmann would be fired immediately and Garmback will serve a 10-day suspension. This is where we remind you that a grand jury decided not to indict the killer officers involved, nor did they even vote on doing so.




Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, told WKYC television she was "relieved" that the officer had been sacked but did not agree with the reasons.

Loomis called Loehmann's firing a "joke", saying that officers haven't been fired in the past over job applications. In April 2016, the City of Cleveland announced it would pay Rice's family $6 million to settle a civil lawsuit. Williams said the department now makes sure to read through all applicants' personnel files and employment history.

A disciplinary letter against Loehmann has previously cited his failure to reveal during the Cleveland police application process that a suburban department allowed him to resign instead of being fired at the end of a six-month probationary period.

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.

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