>> Opened the door, slightly ajar.>> The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, two and a half years ago. Fired from the force Tuesday, after an internal investigation found that he provided false information on his police cadet application.>> Effective immediately this morning, Patrol officer Loehmann will be terminated from the Cleveland Division of Police.
>> City officials saying Timothy Loehmann, who shot Rice while the young boy played with a toy gun near a recreation center. Had been charged with rule violations related to inaccurate answers given on his personal history statement. Loehmann left his previous job at a suburban police department after a string of problems, including emotional issues.
Where, in a memo recommending his release, a supervisor wrote that his performance showed, I quote, pattern of a lack of maturity, indiscretion and not following instructions. The supervisor adding quote, I do not believe time, nor training will be able to change or correct these deficiencies. But a Cleveland Police spokesman said the department did not review Loehmann's personal file before hiring him.
For Tamir Rice's family, the firing of Office Loehmann is long over due.>> He should have never been no officer like I said in the first place, and shame on the city of Cleveland for taking so long to deal with this situation.>> Cleveland officials agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Tamir Rice's family in April of last year, though a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges.
>> We have some discrepancies in his job application. It's a joke.>> The Cleveland police union on Tuesday saying it will appeal the decision.>> This is a politically motivated witchhunt.