New video analysis reveals Tamir Rice shot less than one second after police arrival

The 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by Cleveland police last year had his hands in his pockets when he was killed and wasn’t reaching for the fake gun he was carrying, according to new frame-by-frame analysis of surveillance footage of last November’s fatal incident.

An expert hired by the family of slain middle-schooler Tamir Rice to review surveillance video found that the boy was shot within one second of the police officers’ arrival.

The two officers were responding to a call about an armed man in a park on the afternoon of November 22, 2014.

Rice was carrying a replica gun capable of firing non-lethal plastic pellets.

The results of the new analysis contradicts claims made by Cleveland police, CBS News reported.

In an statement released on Tuesday, the officer who shot Rice, Timothy Loehmann, writes that he ‘continuously’ ordered the boy to ‘show me your hands,’ and that he saw Rice pulling a weapon from his waistband before he fired his own gun.

Video evidence does not support these claims, according to shooting-reconstruction expert Jesse Wobrock, who is behind the new analysis, which was released last Friday as a grand jury considers bringing charges against Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback.

‘The scientific analysis and timing involved do not support any claim that there was a meaningful exchange between Officer Loehmann and Tamir Rice, before he was shot,’ Wobrock said.

Wobock, who has been made available to testify before the grand jury, added that the windows of the patrol car were rolled up, and that Rice could not have heard the officers’ commands to put his hands up.

Loehmann, then 26, was a rookie officer who had worked with the Cleveland police department for less than nine months at the time of the shooting, the Associated Press reported.

Before being sworn in with the city’s police department, Loehmann worked for five months with a department in suburban Independence, Ohio, but four of those months were spent at a police academy.

When Loehmann shot Rice, the boy had his arm lifted and his hand in his pocket, said Wobrock, who compared the location of a bullet hole in the boy’s jacket with the location of the wound on his body.

The sixth-grader died the day after he was shot.

The person who made the initial call to emergency services told the 911 dispatcher that the gun might be fake and that the man might be a juvenile, but this information was not told to the responding officers.

Two other experts involved in the case agreed with Wobrock’s conclusion that Rice wasn’t reaching for the toy gun when he was shot, according to CBS News.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said the investigation is pursuing the truth.

‘We welcome and will review all credible relevant evidence from any source,’ McGinty said in a statement Saturday morning.

Rice’s family has criticized McGinty over the length of the investigation and is demanding that charges be brought against Loehmann and his partner.

Attorneys representing Rice’s family say the two officers forfeited their Fifth Amendment rights by reading statements to the grand jury, and that the duo is now required to answer questions on cross examination.

Source: The DailyMail

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