Cleveland policeman who fatally shot Tamir Rice is fired
- Author: Nancy Warren May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 6:29
In Loehmann's case, he was sacked for rule violations during his job application process, "specifically, answers he had provided on his personal history statement", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.
Their discipline stemmed from the November 22, 2014 deadly police-involved shooting of Tamir Rice.
The death of Rice, who was African-American, came to exemplify the kind of complaints about excessive use of police force that have defined the Black Lives Matter movement. "He should never have been a police officer", she said, but "Garmback should be fired for pulling up so close to Tamir".
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Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Stephen Loomis say the union filed grievances against the disciplinary measures "within five minutes" after they were announced.
Garmback will be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday for not following protocol when he drove up to a suspect assumed to be armed and not telling the dispatcher his arrival time at the scene.
Cleveland city officials on Tuesday moved to discipline the officers.
Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice, said her family was relieved to hear of the firing but still considered it too little, too late. He added that he thinks there is no proof that Loehmann lied on his application, and even if he did, he shouldn't have been fired.
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Video surveillance showed he fired his weapon two seconds after leaving the patrol vehicle.
The Justice Department this month declined to charge two white officers in the shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was killed last July in Louisiana. On Tuesday, it was announced that the rookie cop who killed him, Timothy Loehmann, has been fired from the Cleveland Division of Police following the conclusion of an investigation into the shooting.
The city agreed to pay a $6 million dollar settlement to Rice's family to settle a civil lawsuit in April 2016.
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