CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the firing of a Cleveland police officer involved in the shooting of Tamir Rice (all times local):
A police union president says the firing of the white officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy was “unjustified” and “politically motivated.”
Police Chief Calvin Williams announced discipline Tuesday against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback related to the shooting of Tamir (tuh-MEER’) Rice at a recreation center in 2014 as he held a pellet gun. Loehmann shot Tamir. Garmback was driving their police cruiser.
The killing became part of a national outcry about police violence against black males.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Stephen Loomis say the union filed grievances against the disciplinary measures “within five minutes” after they were announced.
Police say Loehmann was fired for inaccuracies on his job application. Loomis says officers haven’t been fired before for that reason.
Police say Garmback was suspended for violating a tactical rule over his driving.
Tamir Rice’s mother says she’s relieved that the officer who fatally shot her 12-year-old son has been fired, but she also thinks the officer who drove the patrol car that day should also be fired.
Samaria (suh-MARE’-ee-ah) Rice also said at a Tuesday news conference that fired officer Timothy Loehmann should never have been a police officer.
Samaria Rice said officer Frank Garmback should be fired for pulling up so close to Tamir. Garmback was suspended for 10 days.
Tamir, who was black, was shot outside a recreation center in November 2014 as he held a pellet gun that the white officers mistook for a real firearm. The killing became part of a national outcry about police violence against black males.
The city of Cleveland has fired one police officer and suspended a second involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Police Chief Calvin Williams announced the discipline Tuesday against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback related to the shooting of the boy at a recreation center in November 2014 as he held a pellet gun.
Williams said Loehmann, who shot Rice, has been fired. Frank Garmback, who was driving the cruiser that skidded to a stop near the boy, has been suspended for 10 days.
Loehmann was fired for inaccurate details on his job application, not for the Rice shooting. Garmback was suspended for violating a tactical rule involving his approach to the gazebo where the boy was shot.
A message was left with the police union about the discipline.