Tamir’s mother tells how cops tackled, handcuffed her daughter as she rushed to brother

The distraught older sister of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was tackled, handcuffed and held in the back of a police car in plain view of her grievously wounded brother, their mother claimed today.

Speaking for the first time since she buried her son, Samaria Rice also demanded indictments, trials and convictions for officers, Frank Garmback, 46 and Tim Loehmann, 26, who shot her son dead on November 22 in a Cleveland, Ohio park.

Speaking to ABC News, Samaria said that when she arrived at the park in a frantic state she saw her 14-year-old daughter languishing in the back of the same squad car that the officers arrived at the park in before the shot the boy dead.

‘I couldn’t believe they tackled her and put her in handcuffs and in the back of the same police car that was on the grass that the officer got out of and shot her brother so my daughter is sitting there looking at her brother on the ground,’ Rice said this morning.

Having already filed a wrongful death suit, Samaria has said she wants both the officers to be held accountable for what they have done.

‘I’m looking for a conviction for both of the officers,’ she said to ABC News.

Her attorney is Benjamine Crump, who represented the parents of Michael Brown in Ferguson has said that the blame lies with the police.

‘If the Cleveland police is unequipped to deal with children playing with toys and toy guns, then we need to outlaw toy guns in Cleveland so we have no more children getting killed,’ said Crump.

‘You can’t kill children playing at the playground with toy guns a few yards from their house,’ he added. ‘It’s unimaginable and we have to address this very seriously.’

The family filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the city and the two officers who they claim acted recklessly when they confronted Tamir Rice outside a recreation center.

Surveillance video, released by police, shows Tamir being shot within two seconds of a patrol car stopping near him at a park on November 22.

It showed the boy reaching in his waistband for what police later discovered was an airsoft gun, which shoots non-lethal plastic projectiles.

Tamir died the next day.

Police have said rookie officer Tim Loehmann believed the boy had a real firearm.

The shooting has sparked several protests across the city.

Tamir was laid to rest on Wednesday. Two hundred mourners, many wearing white ‘R.I.P. Tamir’ t-shirts, paid their respects to the young boy at his funeral service at Mount Sinai Baptist Church.

The boy’s mother, Samaria Rice, hid behind sunglasses as she took her seat next to the boy’s father, Leonard Warner, and their daughters, while mourners pored over photographs of Tamir.

During the service, the boy’s great-uncle called for people to fight for change through peaceful protest and called for the congregation to give Tamir a voice.

‘Tamir can no longer speak for himself. This is why Tamir must live through us. We must now be his voice,’ Michael Petty said.

‘Through us, Tamir will be heard from the grave. Through us, Tamir will prevent further senseless shootings… not only in Cleveland, but in this nation.’

He added that police need to change how they train officers and take a closer look at how they communicate with dispatchers after messages were apparently not properly relayed to the officers in Tamir’s case.

‘We must now be his advocate for change and reform,’ Petty said, NBC reported. ‘Through peaceful protest, civil disobedience, and legislation, Tamir will be heard.’

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