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Officer who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

31 May, 2017, 06:32 | Author: Eddie Kim

Today, the officer who shot him was sacked.

The death of Rice, who was African-American, came to exemplify the kind of complaints about excessive use of police force that have defined the Black Lives Matter movement. "Tamir Rice died early the next day".

Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland Police Department officer who shot Rice, was found to have lied on his application to the department, according to Cleveland Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath, leading to his termination, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. His dismissal is effective immediately, officers said.

Loehmann shot Tamir less than three seconds after arriving at Cudell Recreation Center.

"Patrol Officer Timothy Loehmann was found guilty of providing false information on his application for patrol officer, personal history statement", the police said in a disciplinary letter.

Two and a half years after the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the police officer who killed him was finally terminated.

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Loehmann applied to join Cleveland's police force in 2013 after resigning from the police department in the suburb of Independence, and after failing a written exam while applying for a job with police in Maple Heights.

The park in Cleveland where Tamir Rice was shot by a police officer. "They did not do anything outside of our policy, outside of our training, and this is a politically motivated witch hunt". "Shame on the City of Cleveland for taking so long to render a decision like this", she said in a phone interview. "We still need accountability".

The 911 dispatcher who failed to inform officers the caller said the gun was "probably fake" was suspended for eight days in March.

Both have the right to appeal their respective disciplinary measures and that process could take years.

"FILE â€" In this December 1, 2014, file photo, Tomiko Shine, left, holds a sign with a photo of Tamir Rice, a boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, while protesting a grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, during a demonstration in Washington.


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