City: Disciplinary Charges Brought In Tamir Rice Police Case

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials say internal disciplinary charges have been brought against two white police officers involved in the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says disciplinary charges recommended against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were sent to the city’s safety director. The director will determine what action might be taken regarding disciplinary charges city officials didn’t specify Friday. Disciplinary hearings will be held.

Loehmann shot Tamir in 2014 within seconds of a police cruiser driven by Garmback skidding to a stop. The killing was part of a national outcry about police treatment of minorities.

A police union says Loehmann “did nothing wrong that day” and Garmback’s car “slid in the ice and mud well beyond what he intended.”