911 operator who failed to say Tamir Rice had ‘fake’ gun was Black

911 Dispatcher Constance Hollinger
Photo source: Facebook – Constance Hollinger

On Nov. 22, 2014, at around 3:30 p.m., Tamir Rice was killed at Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland after the local police got a call about a man waving a gun around. Within seconds of arriving at the scene, Tamir was shot and killed.

911 dispatcher at City of Cleveland, Constance Hollinger, received a phone call that eventually led to a white officer, Tim Loehmann, fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Since Tamir’s death, lawyers and officers have been attempting to prove whether or not officer Loehmann was in the wrong.

According to dailymail.com, police Chief Calvin Williams read on March 10, 2017, that Hollinger knew the gun Tamir was playing with was not real. The caller mentioned that Tamir “was probably a juvenile” and “the gun is probably fake.” After hearing this, she still failed to report those important details.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty mentioned that Tamir’s death may not have happened if officer Loehmann had been aware of the missing details.

Dispatcher Hollinger was recently given an an eight-day suspension by Cleveland’s internal disciplinary system for her actions. Many people are arguing that since her failure resulted in the death of an innocent, this punishment is not severe enough.

The Black community is always quick to blame White officers for the injustices in the system and the fairly recent increase in deaths of innocent Black lives; however, in this case, the officer responsible for Tamir’s death was, in fact, Black as well. If she were to have reported the phone call correctly, Tamir Rice might still be alive today. 

Jamaica Greenwood
Jamaica Greenwood

A lover of entertainment and a joy to be around, Jamaica is a current student at Spelman College studying film and media.

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    1. A “child” by age 12 should’ve been taught years ago NOT to run around in public brandishing even a “toy” weapon.

      Be honest now (though I now you can’t) If this CHILD ran up to you and jammed his TOY in your temple, tell me you’d laugh at him and push it awa – BLAAAAMM!

      And then silence, because this “child’s” “toy” just killed you stone dead.

      1. The child attacked no one. He was playing in a park with a toy, like most kids. I dont know why you would put child or toy in quotes as though either were in doubt, but I guess I’ll never understand the sort of person who goes online to blame a child for his own shooting.
        I’d say you ought to be ashamed of yourself but clearly you’re a stranger to shame.
        As for this woman, her colour is irrelevant. Her incompetence or indifference contributed to the death of a child and she should be fired.

        1. So, you’re saying the 911 operator KNEW, WITHOUT A DOUBT the gun was a harmless toy?! WOW! if only the cops had her psychic ability the kid would still be alive!

          Or, more realistically, if the child had of been taught NOT to point/aim his toy gun at anyone he’d still be alive.

  1. O.K., since many of the younger generation have never been taught common sense (and are only capable of “feelin’ dissed”) HERE is how ordinary, average folk manage to make it through the day without getting tazed and / or shot by police.

    Of foremost importance, if an officer tells you to drop something THEN DROP IT! Do not try to ‘splain nothing! DROP IT! Whether it’s a toy gun, a real gun your favourite crack pipe or a hot dog with mustard – JUST DROP IT! Now is NOT the time to discuss your snivel rights being violated. Once the officer has a chance to see it is not a deadly weapon you were brandishing about in all directions, you will live to whine about the experience another day (and possibly even hit the Liberal Lotto – good times, eh?).

    Best of all, this simple step works regardless of colour or creed. Try it sometime!

      1. And your attitude/comment is EXACTLY why such a tragedy is possible.

        “Blame the cops for not knowing it was a toy!”
        “Sue the manufacture of the toy gun!”
        “Blame the government for not putting on warning labels!”

        p.s. The kid was 12 years old with a toy gun. Wanna guess how many 12 year old gang members there are with REAL guns? And YOU wanna take that chance when one is pointed at you?

        1. “Wanna guess how many 12 year old gang members there are with REAL guns? And YOU wanna take that chance when one is pointed at you?”


          It was a tragedy that Tamir Rice died. If his parents had taught him socially appropriate behavior, he would still be alive. A five-year-old may not understand the full implications of walking around pointing a realistic-looking gun at people, but a 12-year-old should. His parents failed him more than anyone.

          1. For your information Ohio is an open carry gun state. This is not the fault of the parents. The blame lies with the police officer who shot Tamar within 2 seconds of arriving on the scene. Fortunately the police officer has been fired; however, not for killing Tamar, but for falsifying his application. The operator should have been fired as well. #blacklivesmatter

          2. In open carry states, it is still illegal to go around pointing a gun at people. The officers were not responding to a call of a person open carrying (which would still be illegal for a minor), but to a call of a person pointing a gun at people.

            Did the officers shoot too quickly? That’s up for debate. Was Tamir Rice breaking the law and threatening law-abiding citizens in a terroristic manner? Definitely.


          3. It was a toy gun and he wasn’t threatening anyone. No one else was around. You didn’t even take the time to read the article. He was a child.

          4. “It was a toy gun and he wasn’t threatening anyone. No one else was around.”
            Really? Then who called the police? The person who called 911 said that he was pointing the gun at people. This was true and was caught at least three times on film. Race-baiters don’t like to talk about this, but this act constitutes the crime of brandishing and assault.

            “You didn’t even take the time to read the article.”
            I read the article, but I don’t accept it as the whole story, since there are many aspects of the case that the article omits, such as the fact that he was pointing an illegal replica of a gun at people.

            “He was a child.”
            Had the gun been real, a 12-year-old could just as easily kill someone as a 21-year-old. Many gang bangers start even younger than 12.

          5. Source: Washington Post Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice is fired — but not for the killing

            Tamir was killed in November 2014 when Loehmann, a rookie police officer, responded to a 911 call about a boy with a gun — a weapon that was described by the 911 caller as likely a fake — near a recreation center in Cleveland. However, multiple investigations found, the dispatcher failed to inform the responding officers that the caller said Tamir was “probably” a child and the gun was “probably fake.” Video from a nearby camera showed Garmback driving his cruiser up to where the boy was playing near a gazebo, and Loehmann leaping from the passenger seat. Seconds later, Tamir had been shot and was dying in the snow. The boy’s weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

            Investigators concluded that Garmback violated department policies when
            he allowed his patrol car to come so close to Tamir in the moments
            before the shooting and that he waited too long to tell dispatchers
            after he arrived at the park.

          6. It was a toy gun. Tamar wasn’t threatening anyone. Officers also have to abide by the rules. The police investigation found the officer was emotional and unstable. #getyourfactsstraight

          7. “It was a toy gun.”
            No, it was an airsoft gun, a realistic replica of a real gun, with the orange tip illegally removed.

            “Tamar wasn’t threatening anyone.”
            Yes, he was. He was caught on film point the gun at people at least three times.

            “The police investigation found the officer was emotional and unstable.”
            He have been, but a grand jury did not consider him to be guilty of murder. A reasonable person would have thought that the replica of a gun that Tamir was holding was a real gun.


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