Police Dispatcher in Tamir Rice Shooting Resigns

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911 records show that the dispatcher, Beth Mandl, failed to tell officers that the gun that Rice was holding shortly before his death was "probably fake"

Ten months after the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the police dispatcher who summoned the responding officers has resigned from her position.

On the afternoon of Nov. 22, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Rice, who was holding a toy gun in a public park. A man nearby had called police, telling a 911 operator that a boy was waving a "probably fake" gun around. Mandl dispatched officers to the scene, but failed to tell them that the gun was most likely a fake. Officers arrived on the scene and, within two seconds of exiting the squad car, Loehmann shot Rice, who died at a hospital the next day.

According to police records, Mandl, who had worked for the city for four years, has been absent without official from her post since the beginning of April, and turned in an official resignation letter on July 16. A police memo claims that Mandl's resignation was unrelated to Rice's death, but rather because her job was "stressful" and she had thinking about quitting. 

In June, county investigators concluded a four-month-long probe into Rice's death. No arrests have been made in the case, but earlier this summer, a Cleveland judge found probable cause to charge Officer Loehmann with murder, reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter. 

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