Cop who killed Tamir Rice fired for job application omission

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The city of Cleveland fired the rookie police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice and suspended the cop who drove the patrol auto in 2014, officials announced Tuesday.

Cleveland authorities also announced that Frank Garmback, the officer driving the patrol auto at the time Loehmann shot Rice, would be suspended for 10 days for administrative rule violations of his own.

"This has been tough on our entire community, and definitely on the Rice family", said Calvin Williams, the police chief.

Loehmann applied to join Cleveland Police in 2013 after leaving the Independence police department and failing a written exam when he applied for a job with Maple Height police. A disciplinary letter from the Independence police said Loehmann had "an inability to emotionally function", and cited an emotional breakdown he experienced at a local gun range, the Plain Dealer reported.

Loehmann was a new hire in his six-month probationary period when he fatally shot the boy. Within seconds Officer Timothy Loehmann stepped out of the passenger side and fired two shots, striking Tamir once in the abdomen.

The officers' union said it was challenging the discipline, while Tamir's mother said both officers should have been fired.

Samaria Rice lamented the state courts' decision not to indict Loehmann and Garmback, but said she hoped investigations might eventually lead to a federal indictment on civil rights charges. During a news conference today, Cleveland's Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath announced Loehmann has been fired-but not for his involvement in Rice's killing. Video of the shooting shows the patrol auto skidding to a stop just feet from the boy.

Loehmann's partner, Frank Garmback, was also disciplined on Tuesday with a 10-day suspension without pay.

Earlier this month, Texas police officer Roy Oliver was sacked from the force, arrested and charged after killing a black teenager by firing into a vehicle full of teenagers in Balch Springs.

"This is a politically motivated witch-hunt", Loomis said.

"We still need accountability... he should have never been an officer in the first place". Because apparently, administrative issues gets you totally fired, but killing a 12-year-old doesn't.