Police Did Not Give 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice First Aid After Shooting Him
After 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police in Cleveland, neither of the officers administered first aid to the child, according to officials.
[su_center_ad]Talking Points Memo reports:
It took almost four minutes before a detective and an FBI agent arrived on the scene and administered first aid on the boy, who was eventually rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries, local station WEWS‑TV reported.
Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice on Saturday after he and another officer pulled up to a gazebo where Rice had been spotted playing with a toy gun. Police say the two were unaware of Rice’s age and that the gun was harmless.
Authorities released video of the shooting on Wednesday at the behest of Rice’s parents.
The footage revealed the few seconds it took for the officers to pull up their car and shoot Rice down. It did not show the following minutes in which they reportedly failed to administer first aid.
Both officers are under investigation.
Naturally, there’s already a smear campaign in motion against the victim and his family. That happened with Trayvon Martin, then with Michael Brown, so why not Tamir Rice, too. [su_csky_ad]