CLEVELAND, Ohio — Authorities released surveillance video Wednesday of fatal shooting by police of 12-year-old boy , who was brandishing an ultrarealistic air gun, a Cleveland police spokesman said.
Tamir Rice died Saturday after a witness called 911 to report someone pointing a weapon — “probably fake” — at people outside a city recreation center.
**Warning: Surveillance video was released by Cleveland police at the request of Tamir Rice’s family. We are not showing the shooting out of respect to Tamir’s family. Some may still find the video to be disturbing.**
The decision to release the video was made shortly after the family of the boy issued a statement asking the city to release the video.
Police also played the 911 call and police radio traffic from the incident.
The names of officers involved in the incident were identified as 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 7-year CPD veteran Frank Garmback, 46. Loehmann, who fired the gun, joined the force in March 2014. Loehmann was the passenger in patrol car, while training officer Garmback was the driver.
Rice was shot in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Police received a call that a man had a gun near the swings and was waving it at people.
When the two officers arrived, they ordered Rice to put his hands in the air; instead he reached for the gun in his waistband and that’s when the officer fired two shots, according to police.
“The officers are distraught,” said Jeff Follmer, president of the police union. “They immediately started first aid and stayed with him until paramedics arrived. No one wants to use deadly force.”
The gun ended up being an airsoft but it looked like a real gun, police officials have said. The orange safety tab had been removed from the gun.