November 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm #3649
Would the officer have fired if it was a white kid?
Is anyone here willing to argue the point that police treat people of color differently?December 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm #4460
Death of Tamir Rice, 12-year-old shot by Cleveland police, ruled a homicide.January 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm #5492
Cleveland police officers forced Tamir Rice’s 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffed her and placed in the back of a Cleveland police car steps away from her wounded 12-year-old brother.
The scene plays out within the first two minutes of the 30 minute video taken from the Cudell Recreation Center surveillance camera that captured the shooting. The additional video was obtained by Northeast Ohio Media Group after protracted talks with city officials, who initially refused to release it.
An attorney representing the Rice family called the video “shocking and outrageous.”
“This has to be the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen,” Akron-based attorney Walter Madison said.
The video confirmed earlier claims made by Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, and her legal team at a Dec. 8 press conference that an officer cuffed her daughter as she ran to check on her brother and that officers waited several minutes before administering first aid.
The girl, who was at the park with Tamir, ran to her brother’s side when she heard two gunshots fired by first-year Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann.
As the girl neared her brother, Loehmann’s partner, Frank Garmback confronted her and forced her to the ground. Loehmann rushed over, and the two knelt beside her as she rolled on the ground. Eventually the officers handcuffed the girl and placed her in the back of the police cruiser, less than 10 feet from her dying brother.
Officers then stood around Tamir as he lay wounded. One officer had his hands on his hips when a man, identified by police as an FBI agent who was in the neighborhood, entered the frame and administered first aid. It was the first medical care the boy received in the four minutes that followed the shooting.
Paramedics did not arrive until about eight minutes after the shooting. Much of what happened to Tamir after the shooting is blocked by Garmback and Loehmann’s squad car. The paramedics can be seen working as officers stand around the boy.
Tamir is whisked away on a stretcher a little over 13 minutes after the shooting.
Madison said the video depicted officers who showed “overwhelming indifference” to Tamir as he lay on the ground.
“No one thinks that it’s appropriate to try to save him,” Madison said. “The first person who does is not affiliated with the Cleveland police department.
“This is the level of service that makes people very upset and distrustful of law enforcement.”January 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm #5494missing_kskdParticipant
Why was the kid shot?January 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm #5496
He had a toy gun.January 9, 2015 at 11:50 pm #5523NotalentParticipant
At toy gun which he somehow thought was ok to pull out and point at real live police officers in this current culture of celebrating dead cops.
Your Race Master Baiting is getting weak.January 10, 2015 at 9:55 am #5527edselehrParticipant
“To Protect and Serve”
Themselves, or the public?January 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm #5531
12 years old. A kid.January 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm #5535NotalentParticipant
To protect themselves and the public from people pointing guns or people trying to take their guns.January 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm #5536edselehrParticipant
Shooting a 12 year old with a toy gun accomplishes that how exactly, Notalent?January 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm #5538Deane JohnsonParticipant
Edsel, have you seen a photo of the gun? What about is leads you to believe it was obviously a toy?
With black individuals increasingly hostile toward and attacking cops, what is there to lead you to believe the officer had time to determine it was a toy being pointed at him in a hostile manner?January 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm #5540
12 year old kid.
And the officer opened fire within seconds of showing up.
That’s trigger happy if you ask me.January 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm #5541Deane JohnsonParticipant
“And the officer opened fire within seconds of showing up.”
Yes, he certainly should have waited until the kid fired the gun if it were a real one.
You don’t seem to catch on that if you point a gun at a police officer, whether it be a realistic looking toy or a real gun, you’re putting your life on the line. Age makes no difference.January 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm #5544jr_techParticipant
It is my understanding that “realistic looking” or perhaps all toy guns are required to be identified by a bright RED circle around the end of the barrel… was this gun so marked?January 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm #5545
The 911 caller told the cops twice he thought it was a toy. A white kid in the same circumstance would not have been gunned down like that.
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