According to the charges, Constance Hollinger violated protocol the day of the shooting of Tamir Rice, who had been playing with a pellet gun.
Tamir was shot within seconds of a police cruiser skidding to a stop just a few feet away from him in November 2014 outside the Cleveland rec center. The city's internal disciplinary charges accused Hollinger of failing to tell the dispatcher who sent the officers to the rec center that the man who called 911 about "a guy" pointing a gun at people also said it could be a juvenile and the gun might be a "fake."
Prosecutor claimed that it was a major mistake and her words influenced the way officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback responded. As it is well known Loehmann shot and killed Tamir less than two seconds after they arrived.
The former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said the shooting might have been avoided if the information from the 911 caller had been properly relayed to the officers.
According to the ABC news Cleveland safety director Michael McGrath handed down a two-day suspension for police officer William Cunningham, who was working off duty without permission at the rec center, in a disciplinary letter dated March 10.
A message seeking comment on behalf of Hollinger and Cunningham was left for the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.
Samira Rice, Tamir’s mom, said that an 8 day suspension was “unacceptable.” Was there anything acceptable in the case? I doubt.
"Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy," Rice's attorney, Subodh Chandra, said in the statement. "How pathetic is that?"
How can anyone state that everything is okay with the system, when two cops kill an innocent boy and remain unpunished? The only thing they can possibly face is a suspension from office.
Loehmann's disciplinary letter cites his failure to disclose in an application that the Independence Police Department, where he worked for six months, had placed a letter in his personnel file saying he had an "inability to emotionally function." Garmback's disciplinary letter accuses him of driving too close to Tamir and failing to report the time of arrival at the recreation center.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Steve Loomis has said the officers did nothing wrong the day Tamir was shot. Investigators said the boy was handling a pellet gun that officers believed was a real firearm.
Despite the city paid to the Tamir’s family $6 million, Samaria Rice still calls for the two officers to be fired.