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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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11 thoughts on “Cleveland Police Dispatcher in Tamir Rice Case Resigns

  1. This was so preventable!!! I’m pretty sure her food will never taste good again!!! My condolences to Tamir’s family. And race was a huge factor. My condolences to Tamir’s family.

  2. reflections on said:

    The two officers that shot and killed 12 yrs old Tamir Rice are still on there indefinite taxpayer paid vacations. It been almost a year since his murder and the parents and community are still waiting for justice. When a police officer kills unarmed or mentally ill the penalty is paid unlimited vacations. Please remember to thank the police unions for protecting racist, brutal murders.

  3. Timothy Green on said:

    I feel bad for her, my son’s mother is a 911 dispatcher & she’s told me the amount of stress theyre constantly under due to situations like this, alot of what the information they relay to the police is a fine balance between letting them know what they’re responding to & not overwhelming them with too much information, with this call she definitely failed in that regard, mistakes frequently are made & unfortunately in this case it contributed to that poor kid losing his life .. since i personally have witnessed the stress they go through im hoping she can find peace & move on with her life


    everyone of them involved, from the caller, to the dispatcher to the police needs to be punished. overacting caused this babies death. I hate to see someone get scared of my 14yr old grandson who is only 14 but 6’5 and had been mistaken for being older. this mess has to stop. people have to be punished. she can run, but she can’t hide. we can’t judge her but she will have to answer to God.

  5. All the officer had to say is drop the gun and put your hands up before shooting Tamir. I am sure he would have complied. sigh . . . .this kid was probably scared.

  6. She can run, resign, however, if her conscience is not at peace, it will forever follow her with regard to her insensitive judgement/actions made on that fateful day that cost Tamir Rice his life.

  7. The cops needed to respond as if it was a real gun, regardless of the caller’s opinion. What if a call came in for a an elderly man laying on the ground and the caller says “Don’t rush, I don’t think it’s a heart attack or anything serious.”

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