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Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission”

Cleveland police on Tuesday (May 30) fired the officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy two years ago after mistaking the boy's toy gun for a real one.

"Patrol Officer Loehmann had been charged with rule violations concerning his application. specifically answers he had provided on his personal history statement", Cleveland's Director of Public Safety, Michael McGrath, said at a press conference.

However, digging deeper, it becomes clear that the official reason for Loehmann's termination isn't killing Rice, but rather "providing false information" on his job application to become a cop. In a discipline letter, Garmback, 47 at the time of the shooting, was cited for driving too close to Rice. As the Plain Dealer reported last month, CIRC already "found no fault in the officers' actions leading up to, during and after the November 22, 2014 shooting at Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland's West Side". "Timothy Loehmann should have never been a police officer in the first place".

And William Cunningham, who was working off-duty as an officer at the rec center without permission, was suspended for two days.

Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association, called the discipline "unjustified" and said the union filed grievances minutes after they were announced. Video released after the episode showed that Loehmann shot Tamir within two seconds of the patrol auto pulling up beside the boy.

Two months ago, the dispatcher who relayed the report to officers, Constance Hollinger, was suspended for eight days without pay for failing to mention those details.

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"As we continue to grieve for Tamir, I hope this is a call for all of us to build stronger communities together".

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor chose not to pursue criminal charges against Loehmann and Garmback. "[Today's] news comes as a result of the investigation into these charges, which accused Loehmann of violating department rules when he applied to join the force".

"This is a politically motivated witch hunt", he added.

"We are in fear the other shoe is going to drop due to additional accountability failures by the City of Cleveland".

The city of Cleveland settled a wrongful death lawsuit a year ago with the Rice family for $6 million.



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