31 May, 2017
Prior to Cleveland, he worked with the Independence Police Department, where a deputy chief said he could not follow simple directions, communicate clear thoughts or recollections, and that neither time nor training will be able to change or correct the deficiencies.
Cleveland.com reports Loehmann was sacked for not mentioning any of that-as well as a written exam he'd failed when applying for a different job-on his Cleveland job application. He also was in a probationary period with Cleveland police, 10 months, when the shooting occurred. Within seconds Officer Timothy Loehmann stepped out of the passenger side and fired two shots, striking Tamir once in the abdomen.
Both officers have begun the process of appealing the disciplinary rulings and the case could ultimately be decided through arbitration.
Loehmann's violation relates to what he had entered on his application's personal history statement, Williams said without elaborating. The Cleveland police department is basically REFUSING to say Hey, you shot an innocent kid, and that's fucked up, so you're fired and can't be a police officer anymore.
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In 2015, a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against any of the officers involved in the shooting, which inflamed national outrage over this and other prominent killings of young African-Americans by police officers. The officers weren't charged criminally, but Tamir's mother settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city for $6 million. In a video of the shooting, the patrol auto skids to a stop just feet from the boy. "[Today's] news comes as a result of the investigation into these charges, which accused Loehmann of violating department rules when he applied to join the force". "They did not do anything outside of our policy, outside of our training, and this is a politically motivated witch hunt". "We still need accountability".
"This has been tough on our entire community", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.
"Soon afterward, police drove onto the grass within feet of 12-year-old Tamir". Loehmann and Garmback were responding to a call about a man waving a gun near a city park, but the 911 dispatcher failed to inform the police officers that the gun was "probably fake" and its owner was likely a juvenile.