Yet 911 operator who failed to provide vital information that could have kept kid alive is still on the job.
Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland cop who killed the 12-year-old boy at a park, was sacked on Tuesday, Police Chief Calvin Williams announced.
However, the cop was not let go for the Rice shooting, and instead because he provided inaccurate details on his job application.
Loehmann’s partner, Frank Garmback, was suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule involving his approach to the gazebo where Rice was shot dead.
Garmback was driving the cruiser that skidded to a stop near Rice, before Loehmann jumped out and opened fire on the 12-year-old in less than two seconds.
Rice’s family lawyer explained how they had mixed feelings about the dismissal, because it came about as a result of the ‘wrong reasons’.
“As satisfying as it is that he was terminated, he was never brought up on charges for killing Tamir Rice,’ Ed Ward told the New York Daily News.
When asked about Garmback’s punishment, he fumed: ‘For him to get 10 days for the killing of a 12 year old child is simply outrageous.’
The two cops had been called to the area on November 22, 2014, after someone reported there was a man nearby pointing a gun at people.
The 911 caller had been drinking and told the operator that the gun may have been fake and that Tamir – who was about 5’7 tall – was possibly a minor but those two vital pieces of information were never relayed to Loehmann and Garmback.
Both cops were cleared of criminal charges by a grand jury in 2014 despite widespread calls for them to face harsh punishment for the boy’s death.
Loehmann had been an officer for eight months at the time of the shooting.
‘I think we’ve learned a lot from this incident and other incidents that have happened since 2014,’ Chief Williams said at a press conference on Tuesday.
‘I think our officers have learned that there are best approaches to incidents and with the training that they are receiving, to bolster the training they’ve had in the past, hopefully we won’t have any more incidents like this.’
The decision were reached after Cleveland Police’s critical-incident review committee reviewed the shooting.
Cleveland.com reports Loehmann’s sacking was due to him not mentioning he deemed unfit to be a police officer by a suburban police department before joining Cleveland PD.
The newspaper reports a 2012 letter in Loehmann’s file from his time at the Independence Police Department stated he was ‘weepy’ and ‘distracted’ during firearms qualification training.
‘He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal,’ the letter from Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak stated, according to Cleveland.com.
Polak’s statement also recommended the department ‘part ways’ with the young cop, which it did shortly after.
Tuesday’s announcements come after Cleveland.com published videos last month of interviews the officers had after the shooting.
Garmback, a 16-year veteran and father-of-three, recalled drilled his ‘rookie’ partner on how to proceed.
‘I said, “This is a gun run. Be prepared for worst case scenario. Have your gun already unholstered on your lap”,’ the video shows.
After explaining how he thought Rice was running away when they arrived before he stopped to face them, he said: ‘I didn’t know it was a kid’.