(CLEVELAND) — Video released on Thursday showing the full aftermath of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer in November backs up Rice’s family’s account of the incident, a statement from the family attorney said.
“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 statement from Attorney Benjamin Crump read. According to the family, officers manhandled and tackled Rice’s 14-year-old sister, handcuffing her and placing her in the back of a patrol car in the immediate aftermath of Rice’s shooting.
“It is painfully obvious that these Cleveland Police Department officers lacked even the most basic elements of training,” the statement added.
Rice was holding a toy gun at the time, and officers were responding to a call from someone who said that there was an individual waving what appeared to be a gun at the playground. A lawsuit argues that the officers should have made more of an effort to investigate the matter before shooting the boy.
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