Two of the Cleveland Police employees involved in the deadly shooting of Tamir Rice are suspended

Posted at 5:29 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 17:58:02-04

Two of the Cleveland Police employees involved in the deadly shooting of Tamir Rice have been disciplined, but the discipline doesn't involve the two police officers directly involved.

The actions suspensions involve the dispatcher and an officer who was off duty and working security at Cudell Recreation Center that day: Nov. 22, 2014.

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Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed at the gazebo outside the center while holding a realistic-looking Airsoft gun. Officer Timothy Loehmann fired the fatal shot..

Call-taker Constance Hollinger was suspended for eight days because she didn't tell Loehmann and his partner that a 9-1-1 caller told her the gun may have been fake and that Rice may have been a juvenile.

Hollinger took the initial 911 call from a man outside Cudell Recreation Center. In the City of Cleveland, call-takers share information from emergency calls with dispatchers. Dispatchers then determine which officers should respond to a call. 

Patrol Officer William Cunningham was suspended for two days because he didn't have permission to work at Cudell.

Loehmann and his partner Officer Frank Garmback will soon have hearings with the city; they could be fired as a result of the charges they are facing. 

When On Your Side Investigators questions city officials about why it's taken so long to discipline the officers, Chief Williams told us the officials wanted to be as thorough as possible with their review of the shooting. 

A grand jury refused to file any criminal charges against Loehmann and Garmback in December 2015. The officers were under an administrative investigation following the grand jury announcement. 

MORE: View our coverage of the Tamir Rice case