Officer who shot Tamir Rice is fired in unrelated matter

"What we don't see.is any mention of accountability for the people at the city who permitted Loehmann to become an officer to begin with", Subodh Chandra, an attorney for the Rice family, was quoted as saying by local NBC affiliate WKYC-TV.

Samaria Rice settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city a year ago for $6 million.

In January, it was announced that the two officers along with a third officer, William Cunningham, would face administrative charges from the department.

Rice's mother called the actions against Loehmann and Garmback "deeply disappointing".

Timothy Loehmann, who killed Rice, was sacked because of inaccuracies on his application form, Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath said at a news conference.

"I think our officers have learned that there are best approaches to incidents and with the training that they are receiving, to bolster the training they've had in the past, hopefully we won't have any more incidents like this", he said.

"I am relieved that Loehmann was sacked", said Samaria Rice.

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Two and a half years after the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the police officer who killed him was finally terminated.

Records made public by another police department where Loehmann worked prior to joining the Cleveland force, showed that supervisors there had wanted to fire him for emotional instability.

"This is a politically motivated witch hunt", Loomis said. "Shame on the City of Cleveland for taking so long to render a decision like this", she said in a phone interview.

In 2015, a little more than a year after the shooting, a grand jury also declined to bring criminal charges against the two officers.

Cleveland police said they have taken steps to curb the use of deadly force and overhaul their hiring process.

"This has been tough on our entire community", Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said. In March, a dispatcher who did not tell officers that the 9-1-1 caller said Rice's gun was probably fake and that Rice was a child was suspended without pay for eight days. Loehmann's firing was effective Tuesday.

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.

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