Cleveland police officer who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

The New York Times reports that Cleveland officials have confirmed that Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has been fired.

At a news conference, officials said that the officer, Timothy Loehmann, would be terminated immediately and that Frank Garmback, an officer who was driving the patrol auto, would be suspended for 10 days, beginning Wednesday. "He should never have been a police officer", she said.

Loomis called Loehmann's firing a "joke", saying that officers haven't been fired in the past over job applications.

Video released of the incident shows Officer Loehmann shooting Rice within two seconds of the patrol auto pulling up beside him. He also was in a probationary period with Cleveland police, 10 months, when the shooting occurred.

Police Chief Calvin Williams said the decision to terminate Loehmann came after the department's critical-incident committee reviewed the shooting. "It makes it even more challenging and more hard in terms of accepting it if it happens at the hands of a police officer".

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Loehmann shot the boy, who was holding a toy gun outside a recreational centre.

Nationwide protests ensued after Rice's death, as activists saw the shooting as part of a continuum of extrajudicial killings of African-Americans that brought nearly no punishment down on officers. In a video of the shooting, the patrol vehicle skids to a stop just feet from the boy. They claim that the only rule violated by the officers in the Rice shooting was not notifying communications of their position in the moments prior to the shooting itself.

"This is a politically motivated witch hunt", he added.

Cleveland police said they have taken steps to curb the use of deadly force and overhaul their hiring process. Williams said the Cleveland Police now make sure they read through the personnel files and employment history of all their applicants. Loehmann and Garmback were responding to a call about a man waving a gun near a city park, but the 911 dispatcher failed to inform the police officers that the gun was "probably fake" and its owner was likely a juvenile.

A grand jury decided not to indict police officers involved in Rice's death in 2015.

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