Police Who Shot Tamir Rice Didn't Give Him First Aid (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, last Saturday failed to give the boy first aid.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who reportedly fired the fatal bullet at Rice, and his partner Officer Frank Garmback did not give aid for reasons unknown.

Cleveland Deputy Chief Ed Tomba announced at a news conference on Wednesday that a police detective and FBI agent in the area arrived on the scene almost four minutes later and began giving Rice first aid (video below).

NewsChannel 5 asked Cleveland officials why the lack of first aid was not part of the video (below) that the city released earlier this week.

Dan Williams, a spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson, said the Cleveland Police Department released the video because Rice's family requested it made public.

However, the Rice family wanted the "complete video" released.

In a statement, the family said, "While we request the release of the complete video, we also ask for the media to give our family privacy as we continue to grieve and learn about what happened.”

The incident began when an unidentified man at the park called 911 to report Rice, who was playing with a toy gun.

“There’s a guy in here with a pistol, pointing it at everybody,” said the caller, who added that the gun is “probably fake, but you know what, he’s scaring the s— out of people. I don’t know if it’s real or not.” The caller stated that Rice was “probably a juvenile.”

However, the 911 dispatcher reportedly failed to tell the police officers that the gun was probably fake.

When the police car pulled up into the park, Officer Loehmann reportedly yelled at Rice (from the car) three times to show his hands. About two seconds later, Officer Loehmann got out of the police car and shot Rice, who was ten feet away.

The Cleveland Police Department claimed that Rice reached into his waistband when Officer Loehmann gave his orders.

After Rice was shot, one of the cops stated on the police car radio, “Shots fired, male down, um, black male, maybe 20. Black hand gun,” noted The Washington Post.

Rice died from the gunshot wound early Sunday morning.

Mayor Jackson insisted on Wednesday that Rice's death had nothing to do with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, despite the fact that Rice was black and unarmed, and the police officer who shot him is white.

“Whether there was Ferguson there or not, that doesn’t matter to me. What mattered to me was it happened in Cleveland, and it happened to a child,” said Mayor Jackson. “It’s about the child, the loss of his life, the grieving of his family, and what we have to do as a community.”

Sources: NewsChannel 5, The Washington Post