Mother of Tamir Rice reacts, officers involved in fatal shooting of her son disciplined
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Samaria Rice, the mother of the 12-year-old who was fatally shot by two Cleveland police officers, reacted to discipline that was handed down Tuesday.
"I'm relieved that Loehmann was fired, as he should be," said Rice. "Now we all must get involved to create a safer community."
During a news conference Tuesday, officials announced that Ofc. Timothy Loehmann is terminated from the Cleveland Police Department, effective immediately. Loehmann fired the fatal shots that killed Tamir. Ofc. Frank Garmback, the officer driving the patrol car, will be suspended for 10 days starting May 31.
Her attorney, Subodh Chandra, says they were hoping for accountability.
"There's no accounting to the public for who it is that failed to check application, to check his background, to do proper due diligence before entrusting this man with a badge and a gun and the result of that is that a child is dead," he said.
Samaria Rice has been asking for justice since the fatal shooting. The two officers were cleared by a grand jury for the shooting, but the discipline was handed down because Ofc. Loehmann provided false information on his police application and because the officers did not notify police when they arrived on the scene.
The November 22, 2014 shooting has long since been criticized. Tamir was shot and killed after waving a toy gun outside of Cudell Recreation Center. Officers said they believed Tamir was armed.
Subodh Chandra, the attorney for the Rice family, said they are worried about the punishment for Loehmann not sticking. "We don't see any mention of accountability."
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