Cleveland officer who killed black preteen fired
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 8:29
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.
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.
"They did not do anything outside of our policy, outside of our training, and this is a politically motivated witch hunt".
In 2016, the city of Cleveland paid the Rice family $6 million to settle a wrongful death suit. The auto moves close to Rice, and less than two seconds after the vehicle arrives, Loehmann shoots the boy. That turned up information on his departure from the Independence Police Department that showed he was forced to resign after a series of incidents that led his supervisors to believe he was unfit to be a police officer.
In 2015, a little more than a year after the shooting, a grand jury also declined to bring criminal charges against the two officers.
At the time of the shooting, Loehmann had been with the Cleveland police for less than eight months.
Loehmann, however, was not fired for the shooting.
Loehmann shot the boy, who was holding a toy gun outside a recreational centre.
The officers' union said it was challenging the discipline, while Tamir's mother said both officers should have been fired.
"This has been a long journey that was very unnecessary", Rice said in response to Loehmann's termination.
The final decision to fire Loehmann was made after what Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson deemed an "exhaustive process" of investigation.