It has been two years since the tragic killing Tamir Rice, and finally, the officer responsible for the murder has been fired.
The New York Times reports that Tuesday the Cleveland police officer had been officially fired. The news came from a press conference held by Cleveland’s police chief, Calvin Williams.
The press conference would go on to inform the press and public that on top of the officer that fired the fatal shot, Timothy Loehmann, being terminated immediately, his partner, Frank Garmback, that was driving the patrol car would be suspended for ten days and required to take additional training.
Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson said the choice was made after an “exhaustive process” and the police chief, Calvin Williams also had words,
“This has been tough on our entire community, and definitely on the Rice family,” said Calvin Williams, the police chief. “When this happened in 2014, I made the comment that this is, of course, a tragedy, but it’s even more tragic that it happened at the hands of a Cleveland police officer.”
The Rice family, although pleased to hear Timothy Loehmann had finally been fired, felt that the two years were two too many. Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice is quoted in a phone interview with The New York Times saying as much,
“Shame on the city of Cleveland for taking so long to render a decision like this,” she said in a phone interview. “Timothy Loehmann should have never been a police officer in the first place.”
The process was longer than expected, a bit over 2 years to be exact but justice in a sense has been served. In a world where the narrative is the cop getting away with murder, it is overwhelmingly relieving to finally see one go the right way. Nothing will ever undo this tragedy and the many others like it, but if we keep pushing forwards and making our voices heard the change will come. We must continue to hold these officers accountable, these cities which employ them accountable, and these states which house these cities accountable.
Source: The New York Times