Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice fired

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Disciplinary actions were announced Tuesday for two officers who were involved in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in November 2014.

The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice was sacked Tuesday for inaccuracies on his job application, while the officer who drove the patrol vehicle the day of the shooting was suspended for violating a tactical rule, Chief Williams announced Tuesday. In 2015, a grand jury declined to bring charges against any of the officers involved.

The penalties were announced by Michael McGrath, director of Public Safety, at a Tuesday news conference.

The final decision to fire Loehmann was made after what Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson deemed an "exhaustive process" of investigation.

After a special committee was created by the department to investigate Tamir's shooting, it was announced that the two officers, along with a third officer William Cunningham, would face administrative charges.

Garmback could be back on patrol after his suspension, if Williams permits it. Cleveland police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia said he would first have to go through a reintegration program.

City officials said the internal investigation found that Loehmann lied or omitted crucial information in his application's personal history statement.

The city settled a wrongful-death lawsuit previous year with the Rice family for $6 million.

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The review found that Loehmann failed to reveal that he would have been fired by Independence police if he had not resigned.

Tamir Rice's mother called the firing "deeply disappointing". McGrath also admonished Garmback for not waiting for another auto, as is standard practice on a gun call.

In surveillance video, Loehmann is seen shooting Rice twice within seconds of his arrival, after the boy appears to reach for the replica firearm in his waistband.

The officer who was terminated, Timothy Loehmann, is alleged to have misinformed the police department about aspects of his employment application, according to a report by the NBC affiliate WKYC.

Rice was only 12 years old when officer Timothy Loehmann shot him after mistaking Rice's toy gun for the real thing.

Rookie patrolman Loehmann jumped out and fired his service weapon twice.

Loehmann fired his gun less than three seconds after arriving at the scene.

An emergency dispatcher was suspended for eight work days in March because she violated protocol during the original call, the Times reported.

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