Dispatcher Involved in Tamir Rice Incident Resigns
The 911 dispatcher who took the call that led to the death of a 12-year-old boy has resigned, USA TODAY reports.
Tamir Rice was fatally wounded on Nov. 22 by a Cleveland police officer. The incident has sparked national outcry about what feels like several Black men and women murdered by police in recent years.
Police Dispatcher Beth Mandl resigned from her position, citing “stress” as a factor.
On the day of the incident, Mandl took a call from a resident who told her the gun was “probably fake, but you know what, it’s scaring me.”
That message was not relayed to Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who responded to the call.
“He gave me no choice. He reached for the gun and there was nothing I could do,” Loehmann told a fellow officer in the moments after he shot Tamir, according to a 224-page report released by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty in June.
Mandl submitted her official letter of resignation on July 16, more than three months after her April 3 leave of absence.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis said, “While Beth loved being a dispatcher, she was tired of rotating schedules and mandatory overtime dominating her life. She is an outstanding and caring dispatcher.”
Tamir was found the be holding a BB gun.