Police Release Video Of Cop Fatally Shooting 12-Year-Old Cleveland Boy

Cleveland police have released footage of an officer fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park, in a press conference on Wednesday.

On Sunday, police shot down Rice after two officers reportedly confused the child’s airsoft gun for a lethal weapon. Rice was rushed to the hospital and later died of his injuries.

The video initially shows the boy walking back and forth underneath a park gazebo. Eventually a police car pulls up, and within seconds, Rice falls to the ground, before the officer in the driver’s seat has even stepped out of the vehicle.

Rice’s parents, Samaria Rice and Leonard Warner, requested the footage be made public in a letter to Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Police Department.

Watch the video below, via WKYC (warning, graphic):

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