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Officer That Killed Tamir Rice Is Fired 

In a move that is almost three years overdue, the Cleveland Police Department fired Timothy Loehmann, who was a rookie at the time he shot to death 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing in the park with friends when he was killed.

In a move that is almost three years overdue, the Cleveland Police Department fired Timothy Loehmann, who was a rookie at the time he shot to death 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing in the park with friends when he was killed.  

During the investigation following the shooting it was revealed the Loehmann was on a probationary period when the shooting occurred.

A second officer involved, Frank Garmback, has been suspended. Cleveland.com reports that although both men received disciplinary letters in January, Loehmann was actually fired for lying on his application and not for shooting Rice.  

So, let’s add lying on an application as something that warrants more disciplinary action than shooting a child in a park and lying about it.  


Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring re black cultural angles of where they intersect with the mainstream.