Video: Boy with air gun was shot 2 seconds after Cleveland police arrived

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(CNN) — Surveillance video shows a Cleveland police officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice no more than two seconds after the officer and a partner pulled up in a car to investigate reports that someone was brandishing a gun at a park, police said Wednesday.

Rice, who police said actually had what turned out to be an air gun that looked like a real firearm, died Sunday, a day after he was shot at the Cleveland park.

Police on Wednesday released the video and two audio recordings — a 911 call preceding the shooting and a tape of a dispatcher asking officers to go to the park.

One of the officers, yelling out the car window, told Rice three times to “show your hands” before Rice was shot, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba of the Cleveland Division of Police told reporters. The surveillance video contained no audio.

Police are investigating the shooting, and the two officers are on leave from their jobs.

4 comments

  • howard the duck

    Doing their job quickly and efficiently, and saving taxpayers 1000’s n the long run with keepun this kid in jail when he turns 18

    • colleen

      Let me guess “howard the duck ” you must be white ?? I can tell by the way your answer ,I’m white myself from Toronto Ontario Canada but no way in hell do I feel as if though this officer was doing his job . 12 year Olds do play “cops and robbers ” ” good guy , bad guy “

  • Beverly

    2 seconds is not long enough for anyone to react to a command. Nor is that a sufficient enough time to have told him 3 times to show his hands. I think that they over reacted in this case and the little boy paid the price with his life. Also to assume that the child was a thug, as previous commenters did, isn’t fair at all. We don’t know that he was a bad kid. He could have been a good kid that made a bad choice.

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