The family of Tamir Rice, the boy aged 12 who wasgunneddown by the Cleveland Police for scaring people with a fake gun, said that if the police had given him some time the boy would still be alive today. A video released shows that the boy was shot within 2 seconds of a police patrol car stopping. The family and their attorney have called for a thorough investigation, and said, "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." Timothy Loehmann, aged 26, shot the boy and his partner at the time was Frank Garmback, aged 46.
Boy Seen Wandering Alone
In the video, Tamir is seen in a park, walking around and showing his gun to people. He is also seen talking on a cell phone and sitting on a picnic table. The gun was a fake, but looked like a real onefrom a distance. Suddenly,a police car comes and the rookie officer shoots the boy before the more experienced officer can intervene. The shot was fired from less than 10 feet. FBI agents arrived on the scene within minutes, followed by paramedics butall attempts to revive the boy failed.
Boy Died After 911 Call
According to Deputy Chief Ed Tomba, the video was released on the insistence of Rice’s family. He called the incidenta tragic one particularly because it wasat the hands of someone supposed to protectsociety. The police reached the scene on Saturday after a man called 911 and said that a boy was scaring residents with a gun. However, the man had clearly repeated twice during the call that the gun was, in all likelihood, a fake one.