Tamir Rice, then 12 years old, was shot by police on November 22, 2014, on a playground near his Cleveland, Ohio home. Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback responded to a complaint of “of a male sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people” in a city park. Rice was found in possession of an Airsoft toy gun that was missing the orange safety cap.
As evidenced in park surveillance video, Officer Loehmann, then a rookie with a series of poor performance reviews, shot Rice almost immediately upon arrival to the scene. The officers claim to have given Tamir instructions to put the gun down but that he instead reached for his waistband. This is a claim that has been refuted based on the amount of time from the officers’ arrival to Rice being shot and the video.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of a grand jury. Rice’s family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit.