Wednesday marked the three-year anniversary since the death of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was shot by Cleveland police while carrying an Airsoft pellet gun on Nov. 22, 2014.
People took to social media and shared tributes to Tamir on the day of his death.
Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann while holding a pellet gun at the Cudell Recreation Center playground. Witnesses called police when they saw the boy waving around the gun that appeared authentic.
Cleveland Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit deemed the shooting “reasonable and within guidelines.”
Loehmann was eventually fired from the department in May 2017; not for his role in the shooting, but for lying on a portion of his application to become a police officer. His partner, Ofc. Frank Garmback, served a suspension for his role in the incident.
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