Freshly released interviews of the officers related to Tamir Rice shooting contain suspicious details.
12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down inTimothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback a park by a Cleveland police officer, before the court hearings the lawyer for the Rice family released to public two new videos where 2 officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback testify right after the incident.
In the first record, Garmback claims that he told his fellow officer, Loehmann (a rookie), how to prepare himself for the call. He breaks down in tears several times during the video and describes pulling Tamir’s sister away from the body so that she wouldn’t have to see the body. He also describes calling EMS several times. Garmback describes Tamir’s death in excruciating detail, recounting the final minutes of the boy’s life.
In the second video, Loehmann—the officer who actually fired the shots that killed Tamir—is more stoic. He reveals that he had been “on the streets” for about a month but was still in his training phase.
Loehmann states that he saw the gun (which turned out to be a toy) but does not say Tamir Rice pointed the gun at him. He says that Tamir was walking away but turned around, lifted up his shirt and reached for the weapon.
“And I fired two shots,” Loehmann explained. “The threat just became incredible. I had to make the decision fast because Frank and I were in immediate danger. If the subject did pull out the gun and point it towards us, I would have been shot and possibly my partner. … Plus, I was stuck in the doorway and my partner was still seated in the driver’s seat. So we were basically sitting ducks.”
To most of us, the given explanations sound messy and weak: these officers are frightened because they have done something wrong and we all know what.