Why, after discipline, is the Tamir Rice case far from over?


Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice during a 2014 protest in Washington, D.C. The police officer who shot and killed the 12-year-old boy, Timothy Loehmann, was sacked Tuesday for answers he provided on his personal history statement during the hiring process.

Loehmann and Garmback were responding to a report of 12-year-old Tamir Rice playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

Garmback suspended for using "improper tactics" when driving up to the gazebo near which Rice was shot.

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Police Chief Calvin Williams said the decision to terminate Loehmann came after the department's critical-incident committee reviewed the shooting. Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, said in a statement. Loehmann was in the process of being fired from that department for failing to follow instructions and a lack of maturity - something he failed to disclose on his application.

Samaria Rice settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city previous year for $6 million. Loomis says officers haven't been fired before for that reason. 12-year-old Tamar Rice was shot by Loehmann on November 22, 2014, and his death caused an uprising by the Black Lives Matter movement. "We have to be fair and objective".

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

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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. Still, the police chief noted that since the shooting, changes had been made in the way officers are trained. In March, an emergency dispatcher was suspended from work for eight days for violating protocol in her handling of the call.

Garmback and Loehmann were both on administrative duty when they were notified of the disciplinary measures Tuesday morning. A grand jury declined to charge the officers involved.

"You did not employ proper tactics when you failed to stop your zone auto immediately upon entering Cudell Park", McGrath wrote in a letter informing Garmback of his 10-day suspension.

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