Tamir Rice was big for a 12 year old boy, but to the Cleveland PD – recently scathed by a recent DOJ Investigation for excessive use of police force – he was a threat.
Admittedly, it isn’t easy for an officer to distinguish a real weapon from the toy Tamir held in a surveillance video that went viral two weeks ago, but Cleveland PD ‘solved the problem’ permanently by opening fire within seconds of getting out of their squad car.
Police say they pulled up, ordered him to place his hands in the air, but instead, he reached for the gun in his waistband, which is when they shot him dead.
A surveillance video released Wednesday shows the boy wandering back and forth for several minutes before sitting in a gazebo, standing up again in the seconds before the cops arrive.
The video is grainy and contains no sound but it doesn’t appear as if police told him anything considering he was shot before the cop even appears to have stepped out of the car. The shooting begins just after the 7:00 mark.
The cop who shot him is a rookie, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann. The cop driving the car, who never had a chance to step out, is 46-year-old Frank Garmback, who’s been with the department since 2008.
Police claim Loehmann yelled at the Tamir Rice three times to drop the gun, but that doesn’t appear likely.
The United States Department of Justice is investigating that incident and a grand jury will decide whether or not Loehmann will face charges in the death of Tamir Rice.