Video Shows Cleveland Police Delayed Aid To Shot 12-Year-Old, Tackled His 14-Year-Old Sister

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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Extended video shows that Cleveland police delayed administering aid to 12-year-old Tamir Rice after one officer shot him and that another officer tackled and handcuffed Rice’s 14-year-old sister who rushed to the scene, distraught over the shooting.

Rice died following the Nov. 22 shooting, which occurred at the Cudell Recreation Center.

The two Cleveland cops — Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback — were responding to 911 calls of a person pointing a gun at people at the park. The callers noted that the gun — which turned out to be an air pistol — was likely fake, though that detail was not relayed to Loehmann and Garmback.

Video has already been released of the shooting itself, which showed Loehmann, a passenger in the police cruiser, jumping out of the car and immediately firing two shots, one of which struck Rice in the torso.

The extended video — which was obtained by the Northeast Ohio Media Group after a prolonged battle with Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson — shows that Loehmann and Garmback failed to administer aid to Rice as he lay wounded on the snow-covered ground.

Four minutes after the shooting, an FBI agent who was in the area at the time showed up to the scene and began administering first aid.

Paramedics arrived eight minutes after the shooting and took Rice to the hospital 13 minutes after the shots were fired.

The video corroborates a claim made by Rice’s mother that the officers arrested her daughter as she rushed towards her brother after hearing the shots.

Just over a minute after the shooting, Rice’s 14-year-old sister can be seen running towards the scene. Garmback confronts and tackles her. She is seen squirming on the ground before being handcuffed and escorted to the police cruiser, mere feet away from her dying brother.

“This has to be the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen,” Walter Madison, an attorney for the Rice family, told Northeast Ohio Media Group, adding that the video is “shocking and outrageous.”

Besides the video, other disturbing details emerged this week.

It was already known that in Nov. 2012, Loehmann had resigned from a previous police job in Independence, Ohio due to poor performance.

The Independence deputy chief of police described Loehmann’s handgun performance as “dismal,” and another Independence officer reported that at a Nov. 2012 state handgun qualification training session, Loehmann was distraught and even crying over his relationship with his girlfriend. (RELATED: Police Officer Who Shot 12-Year-Old Boy Had ‘Dismal’ Handgun Performance Rating)

Earlier this week, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported that in Sept. 2013, Loehmann also failed a written cognitive exam to become a deputy with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. Loehmann, who is now 26 years old, scored a 46 on the test. A score of 70 is considered passing.

Loehmann also failed to get police jobs in Akron, Euclid and Parma Heighs, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.


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