Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, told reporters during a press conference on Monday that Cleveland police officers threatened to arrest her when she tried to go to the aid of her wounded son on Nov. 22.
Rice family attorney Walter Madison added that Tamir's 14-year-old sister was tackled and handcuffed by police when she rushed to her brother's side.
Samaria also claimed her daughter was placed in the same police car as Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot her brother, reports CNN (video below).
Tamir was shot and killed by Officer Loehmann in a public park across the street from the Rice's home. The 12-year-old boy was playing with a black toy pistol, which officers thought was real.
Samaria claimed that two boys from the neighborhood broke the news to her and she rushed to her son across the street, but officers refused to allow her near him.
"And then I saw my daughter in the back of a police car, the same one the shooter got out of," added Samaria.
Samaria said police refused to release her daughter and told her that she could either stay with her daughter or go with her son to a hospital.
Samaria was allowed to ride in the front of the ambulance that took Tamir to the hospital where he died the next day.
"The treatment of the family is unacceptable," stated Cleveland Councilman Jeffrey Johnson, who appeared at the press conference. "It just shows the lack of training when we shackle a grieving sister, threaten a grieving mother and not even take care of a child lying on the ground."
The Rice family filed a lawsuit last week which claimed the two officers "refused to provide any medical attention to Tamir for at least four minutes as he lay on the ground alive and bleeding."
The Cleveland Division of Police has not issued a statement in response to Samaria's press conference, noted Cleveland.com.