Cleveland police released new footage on Wednesday which shows cops shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice in the stomach within two seconds of arriving at the scene.
The tragic incident occurred on Saturday after a 911 call to the Cleveland Police Department claimed that a boy was carrying a firearm and pointing it at people in the street. Despite the caller saying the gun was "probably fake" a Cleveland police officer fatally shot the young boy outside a recreation center.
The assumed weapon later proved to be a toy pellet gun which fires plastic bullets. Unfortunately, it was lacking the bright orange tip that is usually put on such pistols to indicate they're not real.
The shooting had already sparked nationwide outrage over police brutality. However, after seeing the cops barely waited before opening fire at the kid, the backlash has gotten even worse. More so since several protests are being held across the country against the non-indictment of police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
The surveillance video of Rice’s killing was released at the request of the boy’s family who released the following statement on it through their attorney:
“We have seen the video that shows our son, Tamir, being shot and killed by a City of Cleveland police officer. It is our belief that this situation could have been avoided and that Tamir should still be here with us.”
Rice’s family has also requested supporters to maintain calm and protest peacefully and responsibly.
“We understand that some of you are hurt, angry and sad about our loss. But let’s use those emotions in a way that will contribute to positive efforts and solutions that bring change to Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and cities across the nation as it relates to how law enforcement officials interact with citizens of color.”
You can watch the CCTV footage in the link below: [Warning: disturbing content]