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Cleveland police fires officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice

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WATCH ABOVE: The two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in 2014 were disciplined Tuesday – May 30, 2017

An Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black 12-year-old boy in 2014 was fired on Tuesday following an internal investigation, city officials said.

Timothy Loehmann, a rookie with the Cleveland Division of Police, shot Tamir Rice, who was playing in a playground with a toy gun that fired pellets.

It was one of a string of killings that fueled protests against use of deadly force by U.S. police, particularly against minorities.

WATCH: The lawyer for the Rice family said the settlement does not offer closure or justice for the family.

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‘No closure or justice’: Rice family lawyer on $6m settlement – Apr 25, 2016

Frank Garmback, a second officer involved in the shooting, will be suspended for 10 days and receive additional tactical training, Cleveland Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath said at a news conference.

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In 2015, a Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to charge Garmback or Loehmann.

In March, a Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers that a 911 caller had described the scene at the playground as probably a child with a fake gun.

WATCH: Cleveland Police union disappointed in decision to fire officer

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Cleveland Police union disappointed in decision to fire officer – May 30, 2017