Officer who detained sister of boy killed may be disciplined

November 12, 2019 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s Civilian Police Review Board is recommending discipline for a police supervisor who detained a 12-year-old black boy’s sister the day the boy was fatally shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun.

Cleveland.com reports the board on Tuesday recommended Sgt. Janell Rutherford receive a suspension of six to 10 days for keeping Tamir Rice’s 14-year-old sister, in the back of a police cruiser for over an hour after Tamir was shot in November 2014.

Police Chief Calvin Williams will decide what if any discipline Rutherford will face.

The complaint against Rutherford was filed in 2015. FOP President Capt. Brian Betley says the union stands behind Rutherford.

Samaria Rice, the children’s mother, called the possible maximum 10-day suspension “pitiful” and “just another slap in the face.”