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Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

31 May 2017, 06:30 | Dan Bryan

Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

Timothy Loehmann, 26, will be terminated immediately, while officer Frank Garmback, 46, that drove the patrol vehicle will be suspended for 10 days, Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference.

His partner, Officer Frank Garmback, who was driving the police cruiser that pulled onto the grass near where Rice was standing, was given a 10-day suspension.

"As satisfying as it is that he was terminated, he was never brought up on charges for killing Tamir Rice", Rice family lawyer Earl Ward toldThe New York Daily News.

Loehmann, who shot Rice, was sacked not for something related to the shooting, but because of inaccuracies on his application form, 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.

The death of Rice, who was African-American, came to exemplify the kind of complaints about excessive use of police force that have defined the Black Lives Matter movement. Loehmann quickly exited the squad auto and, within three seconds, shot at Rice.

Loehmann shot Tamir less than three seconds after arriving at Cudell Recreation Center.

Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

"The evidence clearly shows that these gentlemen did not do anything illegal", Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Steve Loomis told reporters.

Earlier this year, the 911 dispatcher who took the call that led to the shooting was suspended for eight days. "It makes it even more challenging and more hard in terms of accepting it if it happens at the hands of a police officer".

When video of Loehmann's and Garback's administrative hearings were made public, Garmback insisted that he didn't know Rice was a child when he shot him and Loehmann insisted, "I thought I was going to die".

She added that Garmback should have been fired rather than suspended, "for pulling up so close to my son to create the danger" at the time of the shooting.

In April 2016, the City of Cleveland announced it would pay Rice's family $6 million to settle a civil lawsuit.

Loehmann was sacked because he wasn't truthful on his job application, Williams said. Loehmann's firing was effective Tuesday.

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. A grand jury refused to file charges against Loehmann and Garmback in December 2015. Video released after the episode showed that Loehmann shot Tamir within two seconds of the patrol vehicle pulling up beside the boy.






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