Cleveland fires 1 officer, suspends 2nd in Rice shooting

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On Nov. 22, 2014, Rice was shot and killed by Loehmann outside the Cudell Recreation Center. The killing became part of a national outcry about police violence against minorities, particularly black boys and men.

While Garmback was suspended for violations related to the shooting, like failing to report his arrival to a radio dispatcher, the administrative charges leveled against Loehmann did not even mention the 2014 episode.

Mr Loehmann was still in his six-month probationary period when the shooting happened. "And Garmback should be fired too, for his role in pulling up too close to Tamir".

Garmback was charged by city officials for failing to employ proper tactics when he operated the patrol auto the day Rice was shot.

Garmback and Loehmann were responding to a 911 call about a black male with a gun. When the officers approached Rice, the boy reportedly attempted to reach towards the gun in his waistband. The move comes two and a half years after he fatally shot Rice, reportedly mistaking Rice's pellet gun for a real one.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office did not indict Loehmann and Garmback in Rice's death.


The union is continuing to push a line they have maintained for a while, that the CIRC or Critical Incident Review Committee's months-long investigation should be the final say, rather than the safety director's conclusion Tuesday. "There is simply no factual basis on which an unbiased decision-maker could conclude that either Officer should be administratively disciplined", CPPA President Steve Loomis in a statement. The incident was caught on surveillance video, which also showed the officers tackle and handcuff Rice's 14-year-old sister, Tajai Rice, as she ran toward her dying brother.

Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, told WKYC television she was "relieved" that the officer had been sacked but did not agree with the reasons.

Rookie patrolman Loehmann jumped out and fired his service weapon twice. "We still need accountability". Loehmann was accused in Independence of, among other things, failing to secure his firearm and being insubordinate and untruthful to a superior officer. An evaluation in the file said Loehmann was emotionally immature and inept at handling guns. Williams said the Cleveland Police now make sure they read through the personnel files and employment history of all their applicants.

"Was it the determining factor in us changing the way we hire?"

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson offered his condolences to Rice's family and said, "We've gone through an exhaustive process" in reviewing officers' actions.

"This has been tough on our entire community, and definitely on the Rice family", Cleveland's chief of police, Calvin Williams, said at a news conference Tuesday.

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