Samaria Rice says she wants officers involved in son’s shooting to be fired

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice reacted Friday to the news of administrative charges against officers involved in the November 2014 shooting.

At a press conference Friday evening, Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, said she wants the officers fired. She says they murdered him. Rice said the process has been agonizing and painful.

Administrative charges were announced late Friday.

Officer Timothy Loehmann faces administrative charges which include disorderly, immoral, or unethical conduct while on duty; and fraudulent conduct or false statements in any application or examination for a position in the Civil Service of the City. None of the administrative charges against Loehmann are related to the actual shooting.

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Officer Frank Garmback is accused of administrative charges that include neglect of duty, incompetent or inefficient performance of duties, and for failure of good behavior which is detrimental to the service. The charge letter states he did not “employ proper tactics when he operated the zone car up to what was reported to be an armed suspect.”

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Officer William Cunningham is also a part of the investigation. Cunningham was off-duty and working security at the rec center at the time of the shooting.

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All three officers face hearings on Jan. 30. They could face suspension or termination.

Police were called to the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014 for a report of a male with a gun. When Officers Loehmann and 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. Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing

When news first broke earlier Friday about the administrative charges, Attorney Subodh Chandra, who is one of the attorneys representing Tamir Rice’s family, told the FOX 8 I-Team’s Peggy Gallek, he was disappointed the city’s police chief did not reach out to him prior to the news conference.

“The first time I heard is when Fox 8 called me,” Chandra said. “This adds to the family’s anxiety. I would have thought they would have had more decency and at least give us a heads up.”

More on the Tamir Rice shooting and investigation, here.


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