New Video Shows Cop Decking Tamir Rice's Teen Sister Just After Shooting
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New footage from Cleveland.com shows a Cleveland cop forcing Tamir Rice's sister to the ground minutes after her brother was shot by police, then cuffing her and putting her in a patrol car. The city of Cleveland initially refused to release the 30-minute video, which Cleveland.com obtained after hiring an attorney.
Walter Madison, the Rice family's attorney, called the clip "shocking and outrageous" and "the cruelest thing I've ever seen."
In the video, a portion of which is above, Rice's 14-year-old sister can be seen running toward his body about a minute after he was shot by first-year police officer Timothy Loehmann. Frank Garmback, Loehmann's partner, then steps into her path and knocks her to the ground, and after a struggle, Loehmann and Garmback handcuff the teenager and put her in the back of their car, which, as Cleveland.com notes, sat less than 10 feet from her dying brother.
Neither Loehmann nor Garmback can be seen making any attempt to give Tamir Rice medical attention. A man identified by Cleveland.com as an FBI agent "who was in the neighborhood" arrives and begins administering first aid about four minutes after the shooting, and paramedics arrive about four minutes later. Thirteen minutes after being shot, Rice is taken away on a stretcher.
New documents, also obtained by Cleveland.com, show that Loehmann failed the written exam given to applicants to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department in September 2013, before he became a Cleveland cop. Loehmann was found unfit for duty by the Independence, Ohio, police department in 2012 and joined the Cleveland police department in March 2014.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department is investigating the Rice shooting, and its findings will be presented to a grand jury.