After shooting an African-American child within two seconds of arriving on the scene, two Cleveland police officers refused to administer first aid to the boy for nearly four minutes. The child finally received emergency care when a detective and an FBI agent who were in the area responded to the call for help and began to give emergency care to 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Rice was the subject of a panicked 911 call in which an elderly white man claimed the preteen was waving his gun around. The 911 caller noted multiple times that the gun was “probably not real,” and that the boy about whom he was calling was likely a juvenile, but Cleveland patrol officer Timothy Loehmann leaped from his vehicle and shot the child within seconds of arriving on scene.
“Shots fired, male down, um, black male, maybe 20,” one of the officers radioed in. “Black hand gun.”
Officers claimed they told Rice to put his hands up three times, but that he instead reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun — since he he did not listen, the shooting was justified, they said. All of this supposedly occurred in less time than it takes to count to ‘two-Mississippi.’
Cleveland police officers are trained to give medical assistance, but this time they waited. Dan Williams, a spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson, said that all of the officers’ actions are under investigation, but that he is unsure of the policy regarding how and when officers are required to give first aid.
Watch a report on the shooting, below: