Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

The Cleveland, Ohio, police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 was terminated Tuesday morning after rules violations, the Cleveland Police Department announced Tuesday.

Frank Garmback, the officer driving the patrol vehicle so close to Rice the day he was shot within two seconds of the patrol car's arrival was suspended for 10 days, for the way he approached the scene.

During the news conference on Tuesday, city officials like Mayor Frank Jackson made it clear that they had undergone an "exhaustive process" in order to determine appropriate disciplinary action for Loehmann and Garmback. 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.

Garmback was suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule for his driving that day.

Loehmann's firing on Tuesday is the closest Rice's family have come to seeing their criticisms of their son's killer validated.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Loehmann was allowed to resign from the Independence department after six months following a series of incidents where supervisors determined he was unfit to be a police officer". Loehmann quickly exited the squad vehicle and, within three seconds, shot at Rice.

Rice said she was disappointed that Garmback wasn't fired.

Samaria Rice was talking about Loehmann, who was sacked for lying about his work history, not for shooting and killing the 12-year-old as Tamir held an airsoft pistol.

While Tamir's family was relieved to hear of Loehmann's termination, his mother, Samira Rice, said it was too little, too late. The caller said it was probably a toy gun, but the information was not relayed to the officers.

Loehmann, however, could still appeal the firing through his union. A grand jury declined to charge the officers involved.

Grievances were filed on behalf of Loehmann and Garmback, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Stephen Loomis told reporters.

In a disciplinary letter, McGrath told Garmback that he should not have driven his patrol auto onto the grass at the park where Rice was sitting at a picnic table. Loehmann was accused in Independence of, among other things, failing to secure his firearm and being insubordinate and untruthful to a superior officer.

  • Larry Hoffman