Here’s Why Cleveland Police Didn’t Want You To See The Extended Video Of Tamir Rice Shooting

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[Warning: disturbing content] An extended footage of Tamir Rice’s November 22, 2014, shooting death shows not only did the Cleveland cops shoot the 12-year-old boy within two seconds of arriving at the scene.

But they also failed to administer first aid on time because they were busy arresting his sister.

The full version was obtained by the Northeast Ohio Media Group and released this week.

After forcing the victim's 14-year-old sister to the ground and handcuffing her, she was held in the car as paramedics arrived. The boy died in the hospital from his wounds the following day.

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The tragic incident occurred 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 that fires plastic bullets. Unfortunately, it lacked the bright orange tip that is usually put on such pistols to indicate they're not real.

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Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Rice family, who has also represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, issued the following response to the extended footage:

“This video shows in crystal-clear HD that the responding officers acted inappropriately and recklessly, both in how they handled the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the events that immediately followed.

“The family is outraged that rather than comfort a sister coming to the aid of her dying brother, the officers instead manhandled and tackled her, cuffed her and thoughtlessly tossed her in the back of a patrol car.”

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