Over the past several years, black America has been constantly mourning the murder of unarmed black men by police officers. In 2014, Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy from Cleveland, was killed by officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. Now the two have spoken up and told their side of the story in a recently released video.
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Subodh Chandra, lawyer of the Rice family, released the video, which is sure to entice more questions about the shooting death of young Tamir Rice.
The video features Officer Loehmann recounting the situation:
“So, I opened the door slightly ajar and I had presented my weapon. I started screaming verbal commands. ‘Put your hands in the air! Put your hands in the air! Let me see your hands! Freeze! Put your hands in the air!’ I said it numerous times, loud. I presented my gun through the window.” He said that Rice seemed to be turning to leave the site, and he tried to exit the vehicle as the car slows, but by this time he spots a gun in Rice’s waistband, which he is raising and he fires two shots. It turns out to be a model pistol, not a real weapon.”
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His partner, Garmback said the same;
“I can see through here, the kid reaching, pulling…” Garmback recounted as he appeared to tear up. “I didn’t know it was a kid. I could see him pulling the gun out of his waistband. I don’t know if I was in or out of the car. I can still see him through the window and I hear shots.”
Tamir Rice died the following day. As we know, the two murderers were not indicted and the City of Cleveland settled a lawsuit with the Rice family for $6 million nearly two years later.