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On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Timothy Loehmann in Cleveland, Ohio.
Loehmann and fellow officer Frank Garmback responded to a dispatch call that stated there was a black male who “keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people.”
Twice the caller states that the gun is “probably fake,” and at the end of the call they say that the male “is probably a juvenile.” This information was never relayed to the responders.
Upon arrival, the officers state that they yelled “show me your hands,” and when it appeared that Rice was attempting to draw his gun, Loehmann fired twice.
Rice was shot within two seconds of the police car pulling up to him. He was hit once, and died the following day.
Rice’s weapon was later found to be an airsoft gun. It was missing an orange tip that labels it as nonlethal.
In 2015, a jury declined to indict Loehmann, inciting nationwide outrage.
It was discovered that Loehmann resigned from his last police department after his termination was reccommended due to “inability to emotionally function.” He failed to include this in his application to Cleveland’s department.
Timothy Loehmann was fired for lying on his application in 2017; his termination had nothing to do with the killing of Tamir Rice.