Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams announced Tuesday, May 30, 2017, that Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who shot and killed the 12-year-old boy, has been fired for inaccuracies on his job application, while the officer who drove the patrol auto the day of the November 22, 2014, shooting, Frank Garmback, has been suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule for his driving that day.
Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland Police Department officer who shot Rice, was found to have lied on his application to the department, according to Cleveland Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath, leading to his termination, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Frank Garmback, who drove the police auto on the day of the incident, 22 November 2014, will be suspended for 10 days for violating tactical rules.
Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice, expressed mixed feelings about the discipline.
The police officer and 911 dispatcher involved in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice have been suspended for violating protocol on the day of Ri...
McGrath's announcement on Tuesday came as a result of a more than two-year investigation into the shooting. Loehmann and Garmback both said in written statements dated November 2015 they thought Rice was pulling out a real gun from his waistband.
"The officers did not violate any rules, with the exception of failing to notify our communication control section, which is police radio, of their arrival time at the Cudell Recreation Center", Deputy Chief Wayne Drummond said.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Stephen Loomis called the move a "politically motivated witch hunt", saying there's no proof of Loehmann falsifying his application.
Frank Garmback, the officer with Loehmann on that day, will start his 10-day suspension on Wednesday.
It's exhausting to read the many stories of police officers who not only go unpunished for their unjustifiable actions, but seemingly rewarded with "leave with pay". In a discipline letter, Garmback, 47 at the time of the shooting, was cited for driving too close to Rice.
The Justice Department this month declined to charge two white officers in the shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was killed last July in Louisiana.
Timothy Loehmann was sacked for providing false information in his application to join the Cleveland Police Department, allegedly lying about how his brief period of time with the Independence Police Department came to an end, Cleveland.com reported.