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Cleveland cop who shot Tamir Rice has been fired

Tamir Rice (Photo: Facebook, courtesy of the Rice family)

CLEVELAND — The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he was throwing snowballs and playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park has been fired, the media reports.

According to the Cleveland Police Department’s investigation, within two seconds of getting out of his squad car, officer Timothy Loehmann discharged his firearm and killed the young teen on November 22, 2014. It sparked an intense internal affairs probe that has lasted nearly two and a half years. At the conclusion of the inquiry, the police department decided to fire Loehmann due that tragic incident as well as other circumstances, Buzzfeed reports on Tuesday.

The termination is also due to the fact of Loehmann “providing false information” when he applied to the police department several years ago.

Loehmann, however, could still appeal the firing through his union.

In addition, the officer who drove Loehmann to Rice, Frank Garmback, has been suspended for 10 days and has to undergo additional training, the publication reports.

In 2016, the city of Cleveland officially announced it would pay the Rice family $6M in a lawsuit settlement over the shooting. Not long beforehand, former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that there would be no criminal charges filed against the officers involved. He argued that while there was miscommunication between a 911 dispatcher and the officers, there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest that the cops had cleared the very high bar for criminal charges in police shooting cases.

McGinty was later ousted from his position, in part because of how he handled this shooting.

Rice’s death occurred during a stretch a few years ago where multiple Black men — almost all of them unarmed — were shot and killed at the hands of the police nationwide. The killings drew the attention of the national Black Lives Matter movement, which protests racial disparities in police use of force.

Cleveland has exemplified these problems because it has a well-known history of excessive use of force by police officers.



9 Comments

  1. Oak510finest on May 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    So I guess firing a race soldier 2yr after murdering a child in cold blood. Should be viewed as some form of justice huh? yeah sure. Especially when he can go to any neighboring city and get hired immediately. We can’t expect a white supremacist judicial system to implore any justice. As we know they will always protect the military arm of white supremacy.

    I am confident however that black people will soon begin to exact a fitting revenge and begin to defend themselves against these white supremacist and race soldiers posing as
    cops attacking them!!

    I think very soon you will begin to see groups popping up across the country, similar to the Black Panther Party for Self Defense during the 60’s. However, unlike the panthers these groups will have no interest in fighting for equal protection under the law. They will have
    one goal and one motivation only. Which is an “eye for an eye”!

    If you take one of mines, I will take two of yours!! Very soon these
    murderous white supremacist and race soldiers posing as cops, will begin
    to understand what real fear is!! The fear of an immediate consequence
    and judgement for their actions. They will soon understand that their
    outright lies and manipulation of the truth to justify waging their
    continued war against black people in America. Will no longer go
    unnoticed.

    • britishrose on May 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      i absolutely love what you said RACE SOLDIERS thank you for that phrase cause that really sums up what they can be seen as , they pose as dutiful soldiers , and whites back them due to the so call miltary background there are soldiers and there are racist biggot ass cops
      and you can candy coat that to hell and back but , thats a fact .. they are not spending due time in prison cause this is what they law DRAWS A SAND BETWEEN THERE CRIMES AND OUR CRIMES AS CITIZEN VERY DUMB AND CONNING GOVERMENT IS CONNING ALL OF US . . THEY DIRTY UP YOUR FOOD ALLOW HIDDEN DRUGS IN YOUR WATER AND HIRE EVIL ASS , RACIST , WHITE SKIN HEADS TO RUN THE COUNTRY AS POLICE GO . AND cant see the danger .

      • SrAgri on May 30, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        Race soldiers? You must be talking about Black Lives Matter…

  2. britishrose on May 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    unfortunately this will not help that family, or compensate for their lost , so if we are admitting
    1. cops are killing black men
    2. cops are targeting black males
    3. cops are untrained properly
    4 cops home from the war , may be delusional and scary
    5. ptsd is real and does effect them mind
    6 there is something that has to be done to stop it
    then why the hell are yall talking about it , it dont take a white man to kill a black man, for us to wake up.

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  3. SrAgri on May 30, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Did the officers shoot too quickly? That’s up for debate.

    The gun was not a “pellet gun” as described above, but a realistic-looking airsoft gun with the orange tip removed so that it looked like a real gun. Tamir Rice was going around terrorizing law-abiding citizens by pointing the gun at them. I don’t care how young and innocent he looked – he knew better than what he was doing. The city should be suing his parents, not the other way around.

    Should the officer have been fired? That depends on what they mean when they say that he “provided false information” on his application. I suspect the firing was due mostly to political pressure.

    • Guest on May 31, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Ohio is an open carry state. Political pressure is the reason he is not in prison.

      • SrAgri on May 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        What does “open carry” have to do with this situation?

        Even in open carry states, 1) minors cannot open carry, and 2) people who are open-carrying still do not get to go around pointing their gun at people.

    • Morse on June 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

      The officer was cleared in this case, however political pressure to remove him was evident from the beginning.
      Tamir was following the example set by his mother. She shouldn’t have received one penny of the bribe money.
      Teach your children not to threaten people with realistic looking airsoft handguns in public.
      It’s a recipe for disaster.