12 year old year Tamir Rice was shot in Cleveland, Ohio on November 22nd by police officer, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann. 46-year-old police officer, Frank Garmback, was also at the scene.
The medical examiner clarified the cause of death as being a gunshot wound to the torso, with injuries to major vessels, intestines, and the pelvis.
Officers responded after receiving a police dispatch call “of a male black sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people” in a city park. A caller reported that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center.
At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol “it’s probably fake.” Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated “he is probably a juvenile.” However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch.
The officers reported that upon their arrival, Rice reached towards a gun in his waistband. Loehmann fired two shots before the zone car came to a halt and within 2 seconds of arriving on the scene, hitting Rice once in the torso.
Neither Loehmann nor Garmback administered any first aid to Rice after the shooting.
Almost 4 minutes later, a police detective and an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the latter of whom was working a bank robbery detail nearby, arrived on the scene and treated the boy.
3 minutes after that, paramedics arrived and took him to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he would die a day later.
THE 9-1-1 CALL: According to police spokesmen, it was initially unclear if that information was relayed to the dispatched officers, Loehmann and Garmback, and it was later revealed that the dispatcher did not elaborate beyond referencing “a gun.”
In one report, the 9-1-1 responder twice asked whether the boy was black or white before dispatching officers to the park at around 3:30 p.m. The actual recording of the phone call reveals that the 9-1-1 responder asked whether the boy was black or white three times; however, the question was repeated only after the caller continued describing the color of Rice’s clothing. The caller then left the gazebo, and Rice sat down in it sometime later.
Read more about the murder and aftermath at: Daily Black History Facts