Subodh Chandra, attorney to the Tamir Rice family, and Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, held a news conference Tuesday following the announcement of discipline against the two officers who killed Tamir.
On Tuesday, city officials announced the immediate firing of Timothy Loehmann and 10-day suspension of Frank Garmback, the two officers involved in the shooting death of Rice in November 2014.
"I'm relieved that Loehmann was fired, as he should be," Samaria Rice said. "He should never have been a police officer anyway. Garmback should be fired also for pulling up so close to Tamir, to create the murder of Tamir. Now we all must get involved to create a safer community."
Officials said the officers did not violate any rules other than failing to inform communications of their position during the moments leading up to the shooting.
Loehmann's termination was due to alleged misinformation on his employment application to the department, not his conduct in the shooting.
"They fired him for lying on his application, which I wish they would've fired him for killing Tamir," Samaria Rice said. "We still need accountability. ...We need to make sure he never gets hired again in the next process that they take. ...He should have never been an officer in the first place and shame on the city of Cleveland for taking so long to handle this situation."
Samaria Rice said she feels that Garmback should have been fired, too. She also said she feels like the city has not been forthcoming in information and that the disciplinary process was too drawn out.
"It's very overwhelming to drag this out and antagonize me and my family," Rice said. "It was too long of a time."
Chandra questioned the city's accountability in the hiring of Loehmann.
"What we don't see out today is any mention of accountability for the people at the city who permitted Loehmann to become an officer to begin with," he said. "There's absolutely not a hint of that. There's no explanation, there's no accountability, there's no counting to the public for who it is that failed to check Loehmann's application."