The police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice—a 12-year-old Black kid who was playing with a toy gun—has been fired.
Mayor Jackson: condolences to Tamir Rice family. Today, we will detail process of arriving at discipline for officers involved. pic.twitter.com/dwL3z8ovi2
— City of Cleveland (@CityofCleveland) May 30, 2017
Reports the New York Times:
Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, was fired on Tuesday, the city announced at a news conference.
A second officer, who was driving the patrol car, Frank Garmback, will be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday.
In January, it was announced that the two officers as well as a third officer, William Cunningham, would face administrative charges from the department.
It’s 2017, why did it take so long for the officer to get fired? This is where we remind you that a grand jury decided not to indict the killer officers involved, nor did they even vote on doing so.
Needless to say, the Internet is not holding their breath that justice will be served. Peep some reactions below and on the following pages.
Why can’t Black kids be kids without fear of getting killed by someone who is supposed to serve and protect?
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) May 30, 2017
Reminder: Open carry is legal in Ohio, yet Tamir Rice was shot and killed for open carrying a toy gun. pic.twitter.com/H7pR7xsrfh
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 30, 2017
Cleveland Police Department fires the officer who murdered #TamirRice, but not for the shooting. Instead, for lying on his job application.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 30, 2017
Ohio officials announced the race soldier who executed a Black child Tamir Rice was fired from the police force. It's been 2yrs 6 months
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) May 30, 2017
— NoChillMood (@ritaag) May 27, 2017
Photo: Rice Family Handout