Cleveland officer involved in Tamir Rice shooting terminated; Other officer suspended

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CLEVELAND– City officials announced discipline for two officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice Tuesday morning.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Chief Calvin Williams, Deputy Chief Wayne Drummond and Safety Director Michael McGrath spoke at the news conference at Cleveland Public Hall.

“There’s a 12-year-old kid dead. I mean, you know, people on both sides are going to say it wasn’t enough, it was too much. We have to go through our process, we have to be fair and objective to everyone in this process,” Williams said.

Police were called to the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014 for a report of a male with a gun. When Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback arrived, they encountered Rice. According to police, they ordered the 12-year-old to drop the weapon three times.

Rice suffered two gunshot wounds and died the next day. The gun turned out to be an airsoft pistol.

On Tuesday, McGrath announced Garmback was suspended for 10 days and will go through additional training. Williams said the discipline was for the tactics he used when driving up to the gazebo at rec center.

Loehmann was terminated immediately. According to the police chief, it was related to his employment history when he applied.

Williams said the hiring process for the Cleveland Division of Police changed in 2015, partially because of the Rice shooting. It is now policy to review past personnel files for anyone applying.

In the wake of the shooting, the division of police also started putting first aid kits in all patrol cruisers.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office did not indict Loehmann and Garmback in the boy’s death.

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