Timothy Loehmann has been identified as the Cleveland rookie cop who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice over a toy gun. The police have also released video footage showing the moment Rice was fatally shot by Loehmann.
Tamir Rice was shot after a 911 caller reported seeing a male, thought to be a juvenile, waving a gun around. The caller also said the gun may be fake. The 911 dispatcher did not alert the police to the caller’s concern. She dropped the ball.
In addition to the video footage, Cleveland police also released the 911 and police dispatch calls.
The video footage shows Tamir Rice, who the officers mistook for a 20 year-old, reaching in his waistband instead of raising his hands, police say. The video shows Loehmann shooting Tamir immediately after getting out of he patrol car. I am not sure how the cops could think a 12-year-old child is 20. Why didn’t the car stop at a safe distance and call for back-up instead of getting out of a moving car and pulling the trigger?
Frank Garmback was the other officer in the patrol car with Timothy Loehmann. Both officers are on administrative leave. Too bad Officer Garmback, being a 15-year-veteran of the force, didn’t know how to handle this situation better.