Timothy Loehmann, the rookie police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, was fired for lying on his application to the Cleveland Police Department. He was not fired for shooting Tamir, but lying on his application. A Disciplinary letter released in January says that Loehmann lied about how his short stint at the Independence Police Department ended. He was allowed to resign from the Independence Department after six months following a series of incidents where supervisors said he was unfit to be a police officer. The disciplinary letter cites a letter in Loehmann’s personnel file that says he was emotionally immature and had “an inability to emotionally function.” It also cites an emotional breakdown Loehmann had on the gun range in Independence. Plus, he failed a 2009 written exam when applying to work as an officer in Maple Heights, a test he never mentioned.
Loehmann’s partner Frank Garmback, who pulled his cruiser next to the Tamir Rice, was suspended ten days without pay.
The announcement closes the door on a more than two-year investigation into what was considered one of the highest profile-police involved shooting in Cleveland’s history.