by Scott Creighton
There is apparently a surveillance video of an officer shooting Tamir Rice, the young 12-year-old boy who took an airsoft gun to show off to his friends at a rec center and removed it from his waistband when confronted by police. The video will be released to the public but has already been made available to Tamir’s family and representatives of the family for viewing.
Apparently what it shows is the officer about 10 feet from Tamir when the young kid pulls it out of his waistband. He had been ordered to keep his hands up and when he grabbed the gun, the officer shot him.
Clearly the kid did not point the gun at the officer and according to reports, made no verbal threat against him.
A surveillance video of a boy with a toy gun being shot by a police officer has been shown to representatives of the slain boy’s family, Cleveland police said today.
The family of Tamir Rice, 12, declined the police offer to watch the video themselves, police told a news conference today. ABC News
Authorities said the boy was told to raise his hands and was shot when he pulled the pellet gun from his waistband, though he hadn’t pointed it at police or made verbal threats. AP