Cleveland Police Fired Officer Who Killed 12 Year Old But Not For Murder

Cleveland Police announced they have fired police officer Timothy Loehmann but not for the 2014 shooting death of 12 year old Tamir Rice.

Police Chief Calvin Williams confirmed Loehmann was fired because of inaccuracies on his job application in which he failed to disclose that his previous police department allowed him to resign rather than being fired at the end of a six-month probation period.

The officer driving the car at the time, Frank Garmback, has been suspended for ten days for his role in Tamir’s death. William Cunningham, the third officer on the scene, will only face administrative charges.

Back in November 2014, someone phoned the police to alert them they saw a boy that was possibly armed playing nearby. The caller had said the gun could have been a toy, however, the message doesn’t appear to have been relayed to Mr Loehmann and Mr Gramback as they rushed to the scene.

The 911 dispatcher who took the call was suspended for eight days earlier this year for failure to disclose that Tamir may have been a juvenile and that the gun may have been fake.

Tamir was actually playing with a toy pistol at a recreation near the Rice family home in Cleveland. Tamir’s sister, Samaria, rushed to the scene but was arrested upon arrival and placed in the back of the police car.

Officers failed to administer proper first aid and the child died the next day from the gunshot wound.

In 2016, prosecutors determined that the incident was a “perfect storm of human error” and did not bring any criminal charges against the three officers involved.

In April 2016, the Rice family was awarded $6million in compensation after a lengthy trial. In a statement to the Washington Post, the family’s attorneys said that “although historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life.”

A federal civil rights investigation is still pending.