Cleveland city officials released an extended version of the surveillance video of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. This is video 19 Action News requested weeks ago.
The video and the following statement was given to 19 Action News early Thursday morning:
“After consultation with the Legal Department and Cleveland Police the City of Cleveland is making available an extended view of the Cudell Recreation Center video.”
Statement from Rice family attorney Benjamin Crump:
"The extended version of the Tamir Rice shooting video released this morning by the Cleveland Police Department fully supports the initial account provided by the Rice family. This video shows in crystal-clear HD that the responding officers acted inappropriately and recklessly, both in how they handled the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the events that immediately followed.
The family is outraged that rather than comfort a sister coming to the aid of her dying brother, the officers instead manhandled and tackled her, cuffed her and thoughtlessly tossed her in the back of a patrol car. It is painfully obvious that these Cleveland Police Department officers lacked even the most basic elements of training."
On November 22, 2014, officers were called to the playground for a report of a person waving a gun around. When officers arrived, they saw Tamir Rice with what appeared to be a real weapon.
Rice allegedly didn't obey the officer's commands and was shot in the torso. He died the next day. The weapon turned out to be a toy, but the orange safety indicator had been removed.
Police union officials have said they are confident officers acted responsibly.
Tamir's family held a news conference Tuesday calling for a 'direct indictment' against the officer who shot him. Rice family members have said they basically do not trust grand juries because everything is done behind closed doors.