November 26, 2014 5:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Tamir Rice was shot by police last Saturday while carrying a toy gun. Hundreds protested this week by blocking city streets during rush hour.

According to, protestors yelled “No justice! No peace!” and waved signs, one of which said: “From Michael Brown to Tamir Rice, This Must Stop.”

Part of the protesters’ anger stemmed from the police department’s lack of information shared with the public. The Cleveland Police Department originally said it would not release video surveillance footage of the shooting out of respect for Rice’s family, who wanted the video seen.

This afternoon, Cleveland police released the video (below), reports NewsChannel 5.

Cleveland Police Commander Ed Tomba narrated the video at a press conference and identified Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback as the officers involved in the shooting.

Commander Tomba claimed the two officers told Rice three times to put his hands up when they pulled up to the park in their patrol car.

However, the actual shooting is obscured by the police car and there is no audio on the video.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

28 responses to Protests Against Cleveland Police For Killing 12-Year-Old Black Boy

  1. Anomaly 100 November 26th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I blame America’s gun culture.

    • rational_thinking_one November 26th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      If only there was a way to outlaw handguns… unfortunately, I don’t know that we’ll ever see that in our lifetimes. Handguns make it too easy for civilians and police alike to shoot somebody.

      • Anomaly 100 November 26th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        I don’t mind guns for protection at home. I am opposed to high capacity rifles and Open Carry though.

    • greenfloyd November 26th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      To be more precise in this case it seem also we can blame America’s Gansta Culture that infects so many young men, boys and cops.

      • Anomaly 100 November 26th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

        That too, for sure, although I don’t know what his situation was.

    • whatthe46 November 26th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      i will add racism… i blame that. remember the white teen in arora who was open carrying and the folks there called the police about a white kid walking around showing his gun to all, and they were concerned. well, the police showed up, they approached him and he refused to show him i..d. (his right) he refused to give his name (his right) he refused to co-operate because he knew his rights as a “law abiding citizen” to open carry. well, they walked away and that was it. let that have been a “minority.” news at 5… those mass murders in the theatres and schools were committed by white males, not gang bangers (of color) and yet, the police weren’t at all concerned. fk me sideways!

      • Jones November 26th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        True, a white boy would still be alive.

      • Anomaly 100 November 26th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        I was thinking about that earlier. I remember it. I also remember the commenters on YouTube who told me he had the right to refuse to show his ID to the cops. Those same people probably have a different attitude about this situation.

        • whatthe46 November 26th, 2014 at 10:41 pm


    • MimiMiaou December 8th, 2014 at 12:47 am

      It is a horrible culture and American is a horrible people. However gun is not the subject here. The main subject is RACISM in the police where ALL their victims happen to be BLACK.

  2. rational_thinking_one November 26th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    What sort of job do all these protesters have that they can be away from work for so long?!

    • tiredoftea November 26th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      What sort of conscience do you have that you would ask such a question?

    • tracey marie November 26th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      why is that relevent, most people have vacation time, sick days, vacation days…are you angry because you may not control the dialog of blaming black kids for being shot by racist?

    • whatthe46 November 26th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      maybe the kind of job that the employers can appreciate the urgency and serious of the situation. maybe the kind of employer that can respect the injustice that needs to be confronted. how about that, Mr. Ignorant?

  3. StoneyCurtisll November 26th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    The classic, “he reached into his waistband’ defense…
    Where have we heard this before?

  4. Foundryman November 26th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    What I see is a little kid playing around with a toy gun in the park. Twirling it with his fingers, pointing it at imaginary targets…playing in the snow… exactly what little kids do…

    The cop, jumps out of the car and shoots to kill him within 5 seconds after arriving.. This bullshit has to end. The police gunning down and murdering kids is far worse than any molotov cocktails thrown in a riot.

    • mea_mark November 26th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      It looked to me like the first shot might of been taken while the officer was still in the car. Open door and shoot. Then get out and shoot again.

      • Foundryman November 26th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        Yes…It does look like that….This cop has to go to jail…and everybody should never take no for an answer..He’s needs to be there now! .It’s absolutely disgraceful…

    • greenfloyd November 26th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      It is about perception and it’s tragically clear this rookie cop didn’t see a harmless child… It’s also being reported that police dispatch did not inform the officers that the 911 caller said he thought the weapon was “fake.”

      • mea_mark November 26th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        Whoever dispatched this without providing pertinent info should be immediately fired. That said, it still looks more like an assassination than a police action. The cruiser shouldn’t have pulled up so close, same thing that happened with Michael Brown, cops trying to use their car as a weapon and intimidate. All it did was bring about unnecessary death.

        • whatthe46 November 26th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

          that too was my first concern… why pull up so close to a potential threat of your life? this is outright b.s. a baby is dead. and if anyone wants to come back at me and say “he’s not a baby, he’s 12,” then i say, you are either full of sh’t, ’cause you don’t give a sh’t, or you have no children. if you have children, 15, is still a baby. my son at 12 would still freak out over thunder and lightening. he’s 18 now, and still “MY BABY.”

  5. Jones November 26th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The value of a policeman’s life is greater than the life of an innocent child. Its better that many innocent children with toy guns die than one policeman put himself at risk by hesitating to kill a child. This is applicable to anything that frightens a policeman. When someones reaching for a drivers license how can an officer be sure that he’s not reaching for a gun? If a cop wants to have a risk free job,,..he should not take a chance with “furtive” movements, always shoot to kill to be on the safe side. /sarc

    posted earlier

    • BreitbartLovesEwe November 27th, 2014 at 12:17 am

      There’s a lot to that. Imagine if the cops just plunk a few kids at random now and then. It’ll get around. Kids will think to look around them at all times to make sure there are no cops around; and if so, they’ll damn well know to keep their eyes averted and their hands at their sides–or better yet high in the air to demonstrate that they are not holding any weapons. /sarc

  6. whatthe46 November 26th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    “However, the actual shooting is obscured by the police car and there is no audio on the video.” my my my, that’s convenient, how lucky must one be.

  7. tracey marie November 26th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I saw a kid, playing 2 people basically ignoring him and showing no fear then 2 cops pull up he approaches them without showing aggresion and they shoot him…the child crumbles.

  8. whatthe46 November 26th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    For the record, 27-year-old Nathen Channing, who is ironically from Fruitsdale, Colorado, got the fact that police and the country are on edge. In fact, according to to self-described comedian, he was just doing something to make people laugh during tense time.

    So, he decided to film a “funny joke” for YouTube that he said was meant to ”lighten the holiday spirit.”
    MAN AND BANANA! makes me even more angry about this baby.

    While it is unclear how Channing thought things would go when he decided to point a banana at a cop, the results were not funny at all.

    According to the police, they initially thought the jokester had a weapon.

    “I observed Nathen reach into the left side of his coat with his right hand and pull out a yellow object, pointing it in the air then in my direction as I approached him,” Deputy Joshua Bunch of the Mesa police wrote in his statement. “Nathen drew the object in the same manner someone would draw a standard handgun from a concealed holster.”

    Bunch also said he pointed the object – which turned out to be the banana – directly at an officer.

    “Deputy [Donald] Love stated he was in fear for his life at this point, and was in the process of pulling out his hand gun when Nathen yelled ‘It’s a banana!’” Bunch also explained.

    To make matters worse, Channing was not even filming when he confronted cops, risking his own life in the process.

    “I informed Nathen his reasoning [about it being an internet joke] did not make [sense] to me since he did not have anything to post on the internet,” Bunch wrote in his report. “Nathen stated he was just completing ‘trial runs’ of the joke.”

    Trial run or not, pointing an object at a police officer is not funny as Channing soon realized when he was booked into the county jail on charges of felony menacing.
    and yet this 12 y/o is dead and he never pointed a thing. kiss…

  9. Dirk Prophet November 26th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    As a video editor of 35 years I can see that the video was not running in “real time”. At the time of the shooting, the video was running in slow motion which tells us nothing about the possible commands that were given to the child before he was killed.

    Here we see the video in real time which shows there was no time between the time when the killer got out of the car and when the child was killed. The cop got out of the car shooting.

  10. MimiMiaou December 8th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    The police? What police? That of the whites? Justice, what justice, that of the whites and powerful? Why more than 50% of prisonners in the USA are black? Why a vast majority of blacks remain poor in the US?
    A racist societe, violent? Unfortunately, yes. Except at MIT and Harvard, and God knows it is just a facade