Human Rights

Surveillance Video Shows Police Waited 4 Minutes to Deliver First-Aid to 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice

Cleveland police shot and killed Rice after believing his toy gun was real.

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An analysis of a surveillance video that captured the Cleveland police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice found that the officers waited four minutes to deliver first aid to the boy. 

After Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, who police say is a "rookie," shot Rice twice at point-blank range, he and his partner waited four minutes until an FBI agent came to the scene. When the agent arrived, one of the officers helped him administer first aid, reports Tamir later died after being taken to a hospital. 

According to police, a 911 caller reported an armed person waving a gun in a playground, adding that the gun was probably fake. This information allegedly wasn't relayed to the responding officers. 

The video shows Tamir Rice in the park playing with the snow and his toy gun before police arrive on the scene and shoot within seconds.


Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet. 

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