The fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police last week (Nov. 22) garnered national attention. Wielding a BB gun, Rice’s toy weapon was mistaken for a real one by an officer, who fired two shots when Rice neglected to put his hands up. Now, video footage of the incident has been released along with the names of the two officers on site, according to Cleveland’s WKYC.
The clip shows 26-year-old Officer Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Officer Frank Garmback pulling up to Rice, exiting their vehicle and taking him down. Loehmann was the officer who fired the shots. He told investigators that he gave Rice three commands to “show his hands” before firing. Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba remarked that “1.5 to 2 seconds” passed between Loehmann and Garmbacks arrival and the fired shots.
This all follows the grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Mike Brown on Aug. 9. The video, on VIBE, was released at the request of the Rice family.