Cleveland authorities released video footage Wednesday that depicts the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon outside the Cudell Recreation Center. Police were responding to a call of an individual brandishing a “fake” gun.
“The guy keeps pulling it out,” the 911 caller told the dispatcher. “It’s probably fake, but you know what, he’s scaring the (expletive) out of (inaudible). … He’s sitting on the swing right now, but he keeps pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people. Probably a juvenile, you know? … I don’t know if it’s real or not, you know?”
Tamir was brandishing an airsoft firearm, but the orange tip had been remove thus making it indistinguishable from the real thing, said police.
The video was made public at the request of Tamir’s parents, who wrote a letter to the Cleveland Police Department and Mayor Frank Jackson.
“We feel the actions of the patrol officer who took our son’s life must be made public,” wrote Samaria Rice and Leonard Warner. “It is our prayer and request for citizens in the City of Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio to remain calm at this time. We ask for the public to demonstrate peacefully.”
A rookie officer pulled the trigger, Jeffrey Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told Cleveland.com.
Looking at the video footage, what are your thoughts about the shooting?