The Cleveland, Ohio, police department released video footage of the fatal shooting that left a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, dead as a result of a Cleveland officer mistaking a toy gun for a real firearm.
The footage contains no sound but it shows the police speeding up in a patrol car as young Tamir begins to stand up from a picnic table. Prior to that, reports say that they received a call about a “guy with a gun pointing it at people,” but the caller said more than once he believed the gun was a toy.
The video shows the officer in the passenger’s seat climb out while the vehicle was still in motion and fatally shoot the 12-year-old boy.
Officer Timothy Loehman, the 26-year-old rookie who shot Rice, claims that he yelled three times prior to shooting the boy for him to put his hands up. The video shows that Rice was shot within 10 feet of Loehman, and as the driver of the police car Officer Frank Garmback, 46, comes to a stop and gets out of the car, Loehman can be seen ducking behind it.
Source: Opposing Views