Cleveland Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Has Been Fired More Than Two Years Later
Cleveland city officials announced in a Tuesday news conference that the police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been fired from the police department.
Officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback have been under scrutiny for the past two years, ever since Loehmann shot Rice at a park while the boy was waving around an airsoft gun. Both officers have been charged with administrative rule violations, and during today’s conference, it was announced that Loehmann would be terminated while Garmback would get a 10-day suspension and “additional tactical training.”
While a grand jury declined to to indict Loehmann or Garmback on criminal charges back in 2015, the death of Rice led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial bias in the justice system. Officials said on Tuesday that Loehmann’s firing wasn’t due to the Rice incident, but rather, because the officer used false information about himself when he applied to join the Cleveland Police.
Watch above, via WKYC.
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