By Elaine Magliaro
Cleveland city officials have finally released a 30-minute video that shows what happened in the aftermath of the police shooting of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice. The video confirms claims made by Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, that officers stopped her daughter from aiding her brother, cuffed her, and put her in their police cruiser. The video also supports Samaria Rice’s claim that police failed to render first aid for several minutes.
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The video shows rookie Officer Timothy Loehmann help his partner, Officer Frank Garmback, restrain the teenage girl and place her in the back of a police cruiser about 10 feet away from her brother as he lay dying on the ground.
Police stood around the wounded boy, including one who stood with hands on hips as an FBI agent arrived and administered first aid four minutes after officers shot the child.
Paramedics arrived eight minutes after the boy was shot, and he was taken away on a stretcher 13 minutes after the shooting.
Unfortunately, Tamir Rice later died at a hospital.
Video shows Tamir Rice shooting aftermath
This extended video that was released on Wednesday shows Cleveland police officers forcing the 14-year-old sister of Tamir Rice to the ground after one of them shot her brother to death at Cudell Recreation Center on Novener 22, 2014.
NOTE: Tamir Rice’s sister appears just after 1:40 on the video:
Cory Shaffer (Cleveland Plain Dealer) described what transpired after Officer Loehmann shot Tamir Rice:
Officers then stood around Tamir as he lay wounded. One officer had his hands on his hips when a man, identified by police as an FBI agent who was in the neighborhood, entered the frame and administered first aid. It was the first medical care the boy received in the four minutes that followed the shooting.
Paramedics did not arrive until about eight minutes after the shooting. Much of what happened to Tamir after the shooting is blocked by Garmback and Loehmann’s squad car. The paramedics can be seen working as officers stand around the boy.
Tamir is whisked away on a stretcher a little over 13 minutes after the shooting.
Walter Madison, an Akron-based attorney who is representing the Rice family, called the video “shocking and outrageous.” He added, “This has to be the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen.” Madison also said that “the video depicted officers who showed ‘overwhelming indifference’ to Tamir as he lay on the ground.”
Shaffer said that the extended video “raises more questions for Madison, who said the family wants to know why Cleveland police hired Loehmann after he was on his way to being fired from Independence police in 2012 and was turned down by several other area police agencies before he joined the city’s force.” Madison said, “This is the level of service that makes people very upset and distrustful of law enforcement.”
Extended Tamir Rice shooting video shows officers restrained sister (Cleveland Plain Dealer)