Police Handcuffed Tamir Rice’s Sister After Shooting Her Brother (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Tamir Rice's sister ran to her brother's side after the 12-year-old boy was shot by police officers in a Cleveland, Ohio, park on Nov. 22, 2014.

The children's mother, Samaria Rice, and a family attorney told reporters in December 2014 that police officers handcuffed the teen, 14, and placed her in a patrol car, noted CNN.

Samaria claimed that police refused release her daughter, and made her choose between staying with her daughter or riding in the ambulance with her dying son.

Now, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has published a surveillance video (below) that shows the officers pinning the girl on the ground, handcuffing her and putting the teen in a police car. She was not charged with any crime.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's administration initially refused to release this video and claimed it was part of "an open and ongoing investigation," but changed their minds after the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the owner of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, hired a lawyer to get the video released.

"This has to be the cruelest thing I've ever seen," said Walter Madison, a lawyer representing the Rice family.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Officer Frank Garmback confronted the teen and forced her to the ground. Officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot Tamir, reportedly rushed over and the men handcuffed the child on the ground.

Officers Loehmann and Garmback then seemingly stood around while Tamir was wounded. After four minutes, a FBI agent arrived and appears to render aid to the boy. Eight minutes after the shooting, paramedics arrived.

"No one thinks that it's appropriate to try to save him," said Madison. "The first person who does is not affiliated with the Cleveland police department. This is the level of service that makes people very upset and distrustful of law enforcement. This video really explains why. This is not the professional standard we would expect or deserve, and the city of Cleveland put him in the position to allow this to happen."

Sources: CNN, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Image Credit: City of Cleveland Screenshot