NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 11:39 PM
Tamir Rice, 12, was shot by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio who mistook the BB Gun/AirSoft Gun he had for a real gun.
Cleveland prosecutors have released enhanced video stills of the fatal police encounter that killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Rice was carrying a toy gun on Nov. 22, 2014 when he was gunned down in a Cleveland park by a cop who opened fire seconds after hopping out of his patrol car.
The most revealing of the 326 frames released late Saturday offer a narrative of the seconds leading up to Rice’s death.
The Cleveland Police Department shows a gun taken from Tamir Rice who was fatally shot by Cleveland police.
“Rice is standing 10 seconds prior to police vehicle stopping,” reads the text accompanying one image.
“Rice’s hands are together in front of stomach area,” reads another.
The text appears to emphasize the Rice movements that could have appeared threatening to the responding officers.
“Rice moves toward police vehicle 5 seconds before police vehicle stops,” reads the narrative accompanying one photo.
The next clip shows the police car arriving on the scene.
“Rice’s right arm moves toward his waist,” reads the text accompanying another photo. “Police vehicle is moving forward.”
“Rice’s shoulder and arms move upward,” the text accompanying the clip reads. “Vehicle still in motion … Loehmann exits vehicle.”
The next few clips capture the moments before Rice is gunned down.
“Rice moves forward and lowers arm to waist,” it reads. ‘Vehicle still in motion. Passenger door opens.”
The two responding officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, are seen coming into view.
“Rice’s shoulder and arms move upward,” the text accompanying the clip reads. “Vehicle still in motion…Loehmann exits vehicle.”
The following still shows Loehmann standing a mere few feet from Rice, the officer’s gun pointed directly at the boy.
“Rice reacts to gunshot,” the text reads.
The grand jury investigation into Rice’s death has already dragged on for several months — leading critics to accuse Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty of intentionally stalling the probe.
McGinty drew more criticism when he released two expert reports that concluded the officers acted reasonably.
“I have a lot of sadness, a lot of emotions. It’s a struggle for me and my family,” Tamir Rice’s mother Samaria Rice told the Daily News last week.
“I was guaranteed a thorough investigation. I never imagined it would take this long. Maybe they thought that this was going to go away, but my son did not die for nothing. This will never go away. They have a duty to tell me what happened.”