On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was throwing snowballs and playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park when a police car rolled into the snowy field. Within two seconds of getting out of his squad car, officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the 12-year-old.
At a news conference, officials said that the officer, Timothy Loehmann, would be terminated immediately and that Frank Garmback, an officer who was driving the patrol car, would be suspended for 10 days beginning Wednesday. They also said Officer Garmback would be required to take an additional tactical training course.
Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice, expressed mixed feelings: "I'm relieved that Loehmann was fired as he should be. He should never have been a police officer," she said, but "Garmback should be fired for pulling up so close to Tamir."
In April 2016, the Rice family was awarded $6m (£4.7m) in lieu of a lengthy trial. In a statement to the Washington Post, the family's attorneys said that “although historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life.”