911 Dispatcher In Tamir Rice Shooting Death Receives 8-Day Suspension
Even in death, black people can’t catch a fair break.
This past week (Mar. 10), Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams filed a disciplinary letter against dispatcher Constance Hollinger over her role in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Writing that she had violated protocol the day of the fatal incident, Hollinger was suspended for eight days.
“How pathetic is that,” Subodh Chandra, Tamir Rice’s attorney, said in a released statement. “Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy.” In the 911 call to Hollinger, a man claimed he saw “a guy” pointing a gun at people, but also clarified that it could be a kid with a gun that might be “fake.” Either way, Hollinger did not pass off that relevant information to another dispatcher who sent officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback to the scene.
Neither officer were ever criminally charged for shooting Tamir Rice, yet they still might face discipline from the police department.
Last year, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay Tamir Rice’s family $6 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. However, they weren’t obligated to make any admission of wrongdoing.
Totally unacceptable, Cleveland.
H/T: NBC News