The city of Cleveland fired a police officer involved in the controversial November 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice and suspended a second officer in the case, officials announced Tuesday more than two years after the death of the 12-year-old boy.
Officer Timothy Loehmann was terminated. Officer Frank Garmback will have to go through additional training, when his suspension ends, Cleveland Publis Safety Director Michael McGrath said at a press conference, Fox 8 reported.
Loehmann was dismissed for incorrect information on his employment applications, not for the Rice shooting, The Associated Press reported. Garmback was suspended for violating a tactical line with his approach to the gazebo where the boy was shot.
On November 22, 2014, police were called to the Cudell Recreation Center responds to reports of a man with a gun. The police said Loehmann and Garmback found Rice, the child refused three times to drop the weapon he was holding.
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Loehmann shot Rice, who died the following day. Officers later found he was holding a pellet gun.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Police chief Calvin Williams and Deputy director Wayne Drummond also appeared at the press conference.
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“There is a 12-year-old boy is dead. I mean, you know, the people on both sides will say that it wasn’t enough, it was too much,” Williams said. “We have to go through our process, we should be fair and objective to everyone in this process.”
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor not to indict Loehmann and Garmback in Rice’s death. In January, the Cleveland Police announced Loehmann and Garmback as well as a third officer would be faced with the administrative burden, The New York Times reported.
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