Warning: Below is the surveillance video that was released by Cleveland police at the request of Tamir’s family. We are not showing the shooting out of respect to Tamir’s family. Some may still find the video to be disturbing.**
Surveillance video of a tragic occurrence in Cleveland
This past Saturday, a 12-year old boy passed away at a Cleveland hospital after being rushed in for surgery following being shot twice in the torso by police. After a 911 caller explained to an emergency operative that there was a boy walking around with a gun that’s “probably fake” but he was “scaring everybody,” police were dispatched to a Cleveland playground where they fired twice at the boy, immediately after pulling up at the scene: Cudell Recreation Center.
In the above video, at the :19 second mark, police pull up to the scene, and by :21 they’ve already shot the boy, and he is down on the ground on the passenger side of the police car. According to officers, they asked the boy to put his hands up, and he didn’t follow their orders.
The names of the officers involved were also released. They are Timothy Loehmann, age 26, appointed to the force in March 2014, and Frank Garmback, 46, appointed to the force in February 2008. Garmback was the driver and a training officer.
The Rice family released the following statement Wednesday evening:
“We have seen the video that shows our son, Tamir, being shot and killed by a City of Cleveland police officer. It is our belief that this situation could have been avoided and that Tamir should still be here with us.
The video shows one thing distinctly: the police officers reacted quickly. It is our hope that the City of Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office thoroughly examine the events outside of the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014.
Again, we ask for the community to remain calm. Please protest peacefully and responsibly. Your prayers, kind words and condolences have meant so much to us.
We understand that some of you are hurt, angry and sad about our loss. But let’s use those emotions in a way that will contribute to positive efforts and solutions that bring change to Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and cities across the nation as it relates to how law enforcement officials interact with citizens of color.
We thank the City of Cleveland Division of Police for making the video public. We will await the results of their investigation.”
Rice was shot in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Police received a call that a male had a gun near the swings and was waving it at people.
The 911 call and police radio traffic from that day were both played at Wednesday’s press conference. You can listen to the entire 911 call HERE.
“He’s sitting on a swing right now… He keeps pulling it out of his pants and pointing it at people,” the 911 caller told dispatch. “I don’t know if it’s real or not.”