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Cleveland Police Department Fires Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice

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Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, was fired on Tuesday, city officials announced.

Officer Frank Garmback, who was driving the patrol car on the day of the incident, was suspended for 10 days.

In 2015, a grand jury declined to charge Loehmann for shooting Rice, who was playing with a pellet gun at the Cudell Recreation Center when Loehmann and Garmback responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun. The caller had said that the gun was "probably fake," but that was not relayed to the officers.

"There's a 12-year-old kid dead. I mean, you know, people on both sides are going to say it wasn't enough, it was too much. We have to go through our process, we have to be fair and objective to everyone in this process," Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a news briefing.

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