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Disciplinary against 2 officers in Tamir Rice case

A woman holds a photo of Danny Rice, 12, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio.

(AP)

CLEVELAND – Internal disciplinary charges are brought against two white police officers involved in the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center, city officials said. But a police union said the officer, who fatally shot and the boy did nothing wrong that day.”

Disciplinary charges preferred against Officers Timothy Loehmann, who shot Danny, and Frank Garmback, who was driving their cruiser, were sent to the city from the safety of the driver, the police chief Calvin Williams said. The director determines what action can be taken with respect to the disciplinary charges, that the officials of the city did not specify during a Friday evening press conference. Disciplinary hearings will be held.

The two agents went to the leisure centre in November 2014 after a man drinking beer and waiting for a bus there called 911 to report a “man” was pointing a gun at people. The caller told the 911 dispatcher the man was probably a juvenile and the gun may be “false” information is never passed to the police.

Loehmann shot Tamir within seconds of the police cruiser skidding to a halt near the boy. The agents told the researchers Loehmann had called three times at Tamir to raise his hands.

The murder was part of a national outrage about minorities, especially black boys and men dying in the hands of the police.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Friday that Loehmann and Garmback received the letters, together with a third officer, William Cunningham.

The newspaper said that the letters outlined these reasons for the discipline:

— Loehmann reportedly lied about his Cleveland police application, it is not providing that, when he worked on the Independence of the Police for six months, a letter was placed in his personnel file to say that he was emotionally immature and had “an inability to emotionally function.” The disciplinary letter also said Loehmann had an emotional breakdown on the gun range in Independence and that he failed in 2009, and a written exam when he applied for officer jobs in Maple Heights. The said Loehmann never called the Maple Heights test.

—Garmback drove his cruiser to close to Tamir when Garmback responded to what he thought was an armed suspect and he has left the time that he arrived on the scene.

—Cunningham, who is off-duty at the recreation center, was accused of lying to investigators and work from service in the centre without permission.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor announced in December 2015, that Loehmann and Garmback would not be sued after telling a grand jury there was no evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association said Friday that it was “encouraged” that Loehmann was not charged with any wrongdoing about his reaction to the events of November. 22, 2014, in which the “tragic.”

“Nevertheless, all agree that Officer Loehmann was not wrong to react the way he did, the” eu president Stephen S. Loomis said in a statement. “It turns out that the actual costs are made to punish him, and may dismiss, despite the fact that he did nothing wrong that day.”

The union said it was “disappointing” that Garmback was charged with “making a tactical error of the approach, if it turns out that the car slipped in the ice and mud than what he intended.”

The union said it was reviewing the disciplinary charges and would prepare appropriate protection for the officers. He said that there is no response from the officers.

A Rice family lawyer had called for the firing of the two officers. The lawyer, Subodh Chandra, sent a letter to the chief of police on Jan. 3 questions to ask why they had not fired or disciplined.

Danny’s mother, Samaria Rice, established a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city for $6 million.

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