Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Fired

Timothy Loehmann fired for omitting info on application to join Cleveland PD
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2017 12:20 PM CDT
The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice two years ago in Cleveland has been fired.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

(Newser) – More than two years after fatally shooting a 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann has been fired, reports. According to WKYC, Loehmann wasn't fired for Tamir Rice's death but rather because the investigation into it led officials to discover he wasn't forthright on his application to join the police department. Loehmann, who'd been with the Cleveland police department for less than eight months when Tamir was shot, was allowed to resign from his previous department after six months when supervisors determined he had "an inability to emotionally function." Loehmann had an emotional breakdown at the gun range and had also failed a test to join another department years earlier. He didn't disclose any of that on his application in Cleveland.

Loehmann's partner, Frank Garmback, was suspended for 10 days without pay for driving in a manner that put Loehmann at risk during the 2014 incident. Neither officer was charged in connection with Tamir's death. Constance Hollinger, a 911 operator, was suspended for eight days without pay for relaying incomplete information to police. She mentioned a "guy with a gun" at a recreation center without the added details that it was "probably a child" and the gun was "probably fake." Loehmann shot Tamir within three seconds of arriving at the scene. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says the disciplinary process was "exhaustive." Cleveland 19 quotes the city's police chief as adding Tuesday: "Hopefully we won't have any more incidents like this." (Read more Tamir Rice stories.)

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