Tamir Rice

Family photo of Tamir Rice
Family of Tamir Rice

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 15:

photo of Samaria Rice at a press conference

When the Cleveland police union endorsed Zack Reed for mayor last week, the city councilman Tweeted he was “extremely honored.”  That isn’t sitting well with Samaria Rice.  Her 12-year-old son, Tamir, had been playing at a park with an air pellet gun in 2014 when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer. 

Samaria Rice says she doesn’t want Reed’s sympathy for Tamir's death.

photo of Mike DeWine

The high-profile shootings of unarmed black men and children has shined a light on the need for better police training. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that’s why Ohio’s attorney general is rolling out a new simulation that can hone an officer’s decision-making skills.

Officers fire fake training guns during a new course created to help law enforcement practice for tense situations. Soon the state will make a whole kit of training equipment available for law enforcement agencies to check out, like a library book.

Photo of Frank Garmback and Loehmann's zone car near Tamir Rice.

The city of Cleveland has fired the police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy in 2014.

The discipline’s justification focuses on the officer’s job application.

Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir Rice in the park outside Cudell recreation center after responding to a 911 call. Before police arrived, the 12-year-old had been playing an air gun.

Internal reviews did not fault Loehmann for firing his weapon. But he was cited for not disclosing in his application that he would have been fired from a previous police job in Independence had he not resigned.