A rookie Ohio police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 was fired on Tuesday following an internal investigation. Linda So reports.
Rookie police officer Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, has been fired. At a news conference Tuesday morning, officials announced Loehmann would be terminated immediately following an internal investigation that showed he provided inaccurate information on his job application, specifically answers on his personal history. A second officer, Frank Garmback, who drove the patrol car, has been suspended for 10 days and will receive additional tactical training. SOUNDBITE: CHIEF CALVIN WILLIAMS, CLEVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, SAYING: "I think we've come to a - what we consider - a fair conclusion of this process." The shooting that was caught on camera showed Rice at a recreation center holding a toy pellet gun. The boy's mother is relieved the officer has been fired. SOUNDBITE: SAMARIA RICE, TAMIR'S MOTHER, SAYING: "It could partially start the healing for me and my family. He shouldn't never been no officer, like I said, in the first place. Shame on the city of Cleveland for taking so long to deal with the situation. The police union representing the officers says it is extremely disppointed and believes the firing is politically motivated. The disciplinary action comes more than a year after Cleveland officials settled a 6-million dollar civil suit with Rice's family.