Police union to file appeal after officer's firing

CLEVELAND, OH - The police union in Cleveland is filing an appeal to one of its officer being fired and another being put on suspension following the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. 

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis hopes to be at an arbitrator's hearing by the end of the summer.  

"We'll be sitting in front of a retired judge or a retired attorney that's going to listen and apply fact to law and fact to our policies and  training, which is what the mayor should have done, what the chief should have done [and] which is what the safety director should have done," said Loomis. 

Police brass announced today that Officer Timothy Loehmann was fired for lying on his application with the police department.  Another officer involved in the shooting, Frank Garmback, will serve a ten-day suspension.  

Loehmann shot and killed Rice on November 22nd, 2014.  The officers said they believed the boy had a gun, but an investigation revealed he was holding a toy Airsoft pistol.  

(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM 1100)

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