Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann—who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014—was fired Tuesday, reports CNN. Frank Garmback, who was driving the patrol car during the time of the shooting, will be placed on 10-day suspension beginning Wednesday.
“This has been tough on our entire community, and definitely on the Rice family,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said during a news conference. “When this happened in 2014, I made the comment that this is of course a tragedy, but it’s even more tragic that it happened at the hands of a Cleveland police officer . . . After over two years of investigation by our agency, the county prosecutor’s office (and) the sheriff’s department, I think we’ve come to what we consider a fair conclusion to this process.”
It’s important to note that neither action taken is directly related to the killing of Rice. As CNN states, Loehmann was fired “because investigations of the incident found he’d broken rules when he applied to the force,” while Garmback is being suspended for violating “tactical rules relating to how he drove to the scene that day.”
Rice was fatally shot in November 2014 after a report was made to police of a “man” who was “waving a gun” at a nearby park. Loehmann shot and killed Rice upon arriving to the scene, with Tim McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, calling Rice’s death a “perfect storm of human error.”
A wrongful death lawsuit was settled between the city of Cleveland and the Rice family for $6 million last year.
This story is developing.