Cleveland Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Tamir Rice Fired

The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fired on Tuesday (May 30).

At a news conference, the Cleveland Division of Police announced that it had fired Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shot and would suspend Frank Garmback for 10 days, the officer who was driving the patrol car at the time of the shooting.

The penalties were announced by Michael McGrath, director of Public Safety, at a Tuesday news conference. The decisions followed a review of the shooting by the department’s critical-incident review committee, which was established in February 2016, Chief Calvin Williams said.

Loehmann was fired not for shooting Rice, but for lying on his job application with the Cleveland Division of Police where he had been an officer for eight months—within the probationary period—at the time of the shooting, reports.

Garmback suspension was for the violation of a tactical rule related to how he approached the area where Rice was shot. Williams said both officers were notified of their fates Tuesday.