Months after Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, the dispatcher in the case, who alerted authorities that a male outside a recreation center had a gun, has resigned.
WKYC-TV reports that Cleveland Police Dispatcher Beth Mandl failed to tell police that the person who called 911 about Rice thought that the gun Rice was holding might be fake.
Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback responded to the call, which was made on Nov. 22, 2014. Moments after arriving on the scene and exiting his patrol car, Loehmann shot Rice 12-year-old outside the Cudell Recreation Center.
“It’s probably fake, but you know what, it’s scaring” me,” the 911 caller told Mandl, who didn’t relay this information to Loehmann and Garmback.
Commenting on the incident moments after shooting Rice, a 224-page report released by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty in June mentioned that Loehmann stated that Rice reached for his gun before he opened fired on the 12-year-old, who was holding a BB gun.
“He gave me no choice. He reached for the gun and there was nothing I could do,” Loehmann told a fellow officer, according the report.
Mandl’s exit was confirmed by police records, which reveal that she submitted a letter of resignation dated July 16 after being absent from her job without official leave since April 3, according to WKYC-TV.
A police memo dated July 1, mentioned that “… Mandl stated her job was to (sic) stressful and she was thinking about quitting.”
“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,” said Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Steve Loomis.
To see coverage of Mandl’s resignation, check out the video below:
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