Friday, January 16, 2015

rule of law: the perfect site for the gop national convention...,

cleveland |  The handling of dispatching came under fire after Tamir's death.

When a person calls 9-1-1, the call-taker relays the information electronically to a dispatcher, who then relays the information to police, according to a police spokeswoman.

Constance Hollinger took the initial 9-1-1 call from a man outside the Cudell Recreation Center who said that someone was pointing a gun that was "probably fake" at people. 

The details of what Hollinger relayed to Mandl are not clear. At no point were the officers told that the gun was "probably fake" or that Tamir was a boy and not an adult.

Northeast Ohio Media Group has requested any communication between Hollinger and Mandl.

Tamir's shooting exposed what many have said are inadequate hiring practices of Cleveland police. Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot the boy at close range less than two seconds after he jumped from a police car, was on his way to being fired at Independence Police Department when he resigned in 2012, according to his personnel file.

Cleveland police did not examine Loehmann's file before they hired him. They've since updated their policy to check all personnel files of potential recruits.

Loehmann unsuccessfully applied to several Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies before Cleveland hired him in 2014, including the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. That agency is now leading the investigation into the shooting, and will hand over its evidence to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, which will take the case to a grand jury.

Loehmann's partner, Frank Garmback, was sued in federal court in an excessive force case that cost the city $100,000. Garmback and his partner at the time were accused of beating up a 39-year-old woman on Clifton Boulevard.