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In November 2014, 12-year-old black boy Tamir Rice was shot and killed outside of a recreation center in Cleveland. The 911 dispatcher responsible for handling the call and communicating with responding officers is now receiving an eight-day suspension sentence for failing to disclose imperative information, the Associated Press reports.
The man who made the call to 911 mentioned that "a guy" with a gun may have been a juvenile, and also that the weapon may be "fake." Dispatcher Constance Hollinger did not relay this information.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty drew attention to the mistake, which he said was critical in determining how the officers in the case reacted.
Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were on the scene, and Loehmann shot and killed Rice less than two seconds later.
According to McGinty, the shooting may not have happened if this information had been disclosed by Hollinger to Loehmann and Garmback.
In a statement issued on March 14, Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, said the eight-day suspension is "unacceptable."
Samaria Rice's attorney, Subodh Chandra, expressed her outrage in a statement.
"Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy," Chandra said. "How pathetic is that?"
Chandra added that if this is the best "that system can offer, then the system is broken."
A broken system, indeed.
Though Loehmann and Garmback did not receive formal criminal charges, they may face punishment by McGrath — including possible dismissal from the police department.
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