In 2015, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback for the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot by Loehmann in a Cleveland playground while holding a toy gun. On Tuesday, it was announced that Loehmann had been fired and Garmback suspended for 10 days.
The Guardian reports that Police Chief Calvin Williams stated Loehmann was not fired over Rice’s death, but because of “inaccurate details on his job application.” Loehmann had been working for the Cleveland Police Department for eight months when he shot Rice, moments after pulling up beside him at the playground. During the investigation, it was revealed that he had lied about his tenure at a previous department in Independence, Ohio, reports the New York Times. He resigned after six months from that police force after being deemed unfit to serve as a police officer.
Garmback suspended for using “improper tactics” when driving up to the gazebo near which Rice was shot. In addition to Loehmann and Garmback, two other people received disciplinary action, according to Cleveland.com: 911 call taker Constance Hollinger and an off duty police officer who was working at the rec center without permission that day:
Hollinger was suspended eight days without pay for failing to relay critical information to a dispatcher, Beth Mandl, who sent Garmback and Loehmann to the rec center.
Hollinger failed to tell Mandl that the 911 caller told her that Tamir was “probably a child” and that that the airsoft pellet gun he had was “probably fake.” Mandl told Garmback and Loehmann to investigate a report of a “guy with a gun” scaring people outside the center.
The officer, William Cunningham, had been working at the rec center on Saturdays for years and assisted Garmback in wrestling Rice’s sister to the ground at the scene. His punishment, a two-day suspension without pay, is for failing to disclose his second job.