I-Team: Dispatcher in Tamir Rice case suspended for handling of another 911 call

CLEVELAND - The Fox 8 I-Team has learned of more trouble for one of the dispatchers that took the call that came in before police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

In the latest matter, dispatcher Constance Hollinger recently received a 5-day suspension.

That goes back to a phone call last year from a child reporting a sex assault.

The call came to light during the trial in the case, and Hollinger got punished largely for her interaction with the child’s mother.

The family indicated the suspect appeared about to leave the area, and the dispatcher wondered how to keep him there until police could arrive.

Mother: "I don't want to hold him. I don't want to hurt him. I don't want no problems."

Dispatcher: "You don't want to hurt him?"

Dispatcher: "He sexually assaulted your daughter, but you don't want to hurt him?"

Mother: "Much as I want to, I got two little babies right here with me."

Internal investigators determined the dispatcher questioned the victim’s mother about why she wasn’t going to hurt the suspect.

The criminal investigation in the Rice case wrapped up more than 8 months ago, but an internal review is still continuing. That will determine if anyone involved should face internal discipline. But city hall says the review is still with the police chief’s office.

Meantime, last year we showed you Hollinger also suspended one day for being rude to a woman reporting an accident.

Cleveland Police Union President Steve Loomis argues, in this latest case, the dispatcher simply wanted to make sure the suspect stayed on scene. Loomis says there was no suggestion of violence, and he says the union has filed a grievance appealing the latest suspension.