According to new security footage released Thursday, Cleveland police handcuffed the 14-year-old sister of Tamir Rice and kept her nearby in a patrol car after a police officer shot the boy within seconds of arriving to the scene.
The extended 30-minute video shows a girl running to the park after Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann shot 12-year-old Rice, responding to reports that someone was waving around a “probably fake” gun — later revealed to be a pellet gun. He died a day later from the wounds.
Within the first two minutes of the video, Loehmann’s partner Frank Garmback wrestled Rice’s sister to the ground. Eventually, Loehmann joins his partner to handcuff and then detain her in the patrol car, feet away from her brother’s body.
“Under the circumstances, it is outrageous behavior,” Walter Madison, the Rice’s family’s attorney, told Reuters.
“She was significantly restrained and held captive to helplessly watch her brother die,” he said. “As more and more information is revealed, it makes us more focused on seeking justice.”
The Rice family also released a statement Thursday:
The extended version of the Tamir Rice shooting video released this morning by the Cleveland police Department fully supports the initial account provided by the Rice family.
This video shows in crystal-clear HD that the responding officers acted inappropriately and recklessly, both in how they handled the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the events that immediately followed.
The family is outraged that rather than comfort a sister coming to the aid of her dying brother, the officers instead manhandled and tackled her, cuffed her and thoughtlessly tossed her in the back of a patrol car.
It is painfully obvious that these Cleveland Police Department officers lacked even the most basic elements of training.
Cleveland.com said the extended video reveals that Rice didn’t receive medical care until a nearby FBI agent reported to the scene four minutes after the shooting, while Loehmann and Garmback stood around. Paramedics arrived eight minutes after the shooting.
City officials refused to release the additional footage after weeks of demands from the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s office said the footage wasn’t available for public viewing because it was part of “an open and ongoing investigation,” Cleveland.com reported. But the city eventually conceded and gave the video to the Media Group on Wednesday.
Since the shooting, Loehmann has been on administrative leave, and Cleveland handed the investigation over to the Cuyahoga County sheriff’s department.
It was revealed in December that Loehmann’s gun performance at a previous police agency was deemed “dismal.”
That same month, the Justice Department found in its own investigation that the city’s police engaged in a pattern of “unnecessary and excessive” use of deadly force.
The case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict any of the officers involved in the Rice shooting. Following the grand jury decisions to not indict the white officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both black, Rice’s family has said there is sufficient evidence to indict Loehmann.