Tamir Rice Case Police Dispatcher Resigned After 12-Year-Old Was Shot

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A boy holds a sign in support as Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy who was fatally shot by police last month while carrying what turned out to be a replica toy gun, speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio December 8, 2014. The mother of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police last month broke her silence on Monday, saying the officers involved should be criminally convicted. Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters

The police dispatcher who took a 911 call about Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old who was shot by a police officer in a Cleveland park on November 22, resigned from her job on July 16, WKYC reported on Monday.

After taking the call, Beth Mandl told a police officer Rice had a gun, though the person who called 911 said the gun was "probably fake." During her conversation with the officer, Mandl failed to note the gun was likely a toy.

Officer Timothy Loehmann said Rice reached for a gun that he believed to be real, and therefore he responded by shooting. Rice died on the scene.

Though she resigned in July, Mandl had not been an active dispatcher since April. A police memo obtained by WKYC noted that Mandl thought her job was too stressful and she was thinking about quitting.

Rice's death set off protests in the Cleveland area and his family was supported by the Black Lives Matter activism organization. In June, a Cleveland judge found probable cause to charge Loehmann with murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide. Loehmann has not been formally charged.

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