Police: Video Clearly Shows Shooting of Ohio Boy, 12

Jane Onyanga-Omara and John Bacon, USA Today, November 24, 2014

Surveillance video is “very clear on what took place” at a Cleveland playground when a police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy brandishing a fake gun, police said Monday.

Tamir Rice was shot twice Saturday afternoon and died at a hospital Sunday morning.

Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officer, one of two who responded to a dispatcher’s call, was less than 10 feet from Tamir when the confrontation took place. {snip}

Tomba said the video has been shown to representatives of the family. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said the video will be released, but did not say when.

The identities of the officers have not been made public. Both are on paid administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, which Tomba said could take three months.

Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon from his waistband, but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats, but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Tomba said.

Police Chief Calvin Williams said the “airsoft”-type BB gun was indistinguishable from a real semi-automatic pistol.


A 911 call to police in which a man says the gun was “probably fake” has added to the controversy.

Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said the officers were not told the caller thought the gun might be fake. {snip}


Rice’s friends and family brought posters, candles and teddy bears to the scene.


A special grand jury concluded police officers’ actions were justified. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting.


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  • Alexandra1973

    This kid figured out too late…live like a thug, die like a thug.

  • Ghost of Galton

    It’s funny–I don’t recall being in the habit of stuffing fake handguns down my waistband and brandishing them at people when I was twelve; I think I was more worried about impressing a girl I had a crush on. What a White b**ch-azz I was, huh?

    Oh yeah, and why are they showing us a picture from five (sic?) years ago?

    • Alexandra1973

      Because he was a good little boy that din’t do nuffins…isn’t that how it goes?

      • Speedy Steve

        They would bring posters and teddy bears to the park if he’d been a real thug. Maybe the schools need to teach firearm safety to 12 year-olds.

    • Xerxes22

      Because they couldn’t find his baby pictures. I think the cop who shot him was Black. If so, then expect this story to drop off the radar very quickly. No anti-White race angle, no story.

      • none of your business

        Just yesterday, 11/23 a black NYC cop shot a black criminal in a dark stairwell. Nary a word from the media or Justice for all but Whites dept.

    • LHathaway

      I played cops and robbers when I was 8, maybe. Cowboys and indians would work on a dull day too.

    • ozamataz

      Because they’re the only ones the family – oops, sorry, babies’ momma – could find where skittles 3 wasn’t flashing gang signs and smoking weed.

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks, because of there never ending violence, even among the very young, have all the police on edge, and rightfully so. They murder without giving it a second thought, remember the black boy who stabbed a White boy on the playground, or the black kid who murdered his little sister by jumping on her? It is the blacks who are out of control. I feel sorry for the cops as well as any White people who are injured or killed by cops because the cops are so jumpy.

    • ElComadreja

      Blacks kill for any reason and no reason at all. Never let your guard down around them. Better yet, avoid them completely.

  • Brady

    Negligence on the parent’s part for letting him carry that around in public unsupervised.
    Also, a BB gun may not be a deadly weapon, but it’s not a toy either. It can put someone’s eye out.

  • evilsandmich

    If you trawl the local Cleveland news you’ll come by a picture of the ‘toy’ gun which is indistinguishable from a real gun, especially since some genius cut the orange barrel cover off.

    Needs to be stated again that, although not in this case, a good air gun is powerful to take out small game from a couple dozen yards.

  • JohnEngelman

    Get set for another black ghetto riot.

    • Alexandra1973

      I have yet to hear the race of the cop, I wonder if anyone knows? I’m not all that far from Cleveland myself.

  • dd121

    If you’re going to wave a toy gun at the cops, with the red tip removed, you might consider wearing body armor because you’re likely going to get shot.

    • dukem1

      I guess his parents forgot that part of “the talk” where the tell him if he should find himself engaged with the police, don’t pull a gun out – even if it’s fake.

      • ozamataz

        Parents!? There’s your problem. Well, part of it anyway.

  • Max

    Here we go again.

  • ThomasER916

    All I can say is good riddance.

  • MBlanc46

    Another ghetto lottery payout is in the works.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    Awe…he looks like little st skittles himself… Trey gone be his name.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      That is what I thought. Travon when he was 6 years old.


  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    Play stupid games… Win stupid prizes.

  • none of your business

    Several early teen boys have been killed in California because of those realistic toy military type rifles. So the legislature passed a law that those type of toy guns must be colored florescent yellow or orange to be sold in California. Simple solution but the guns will no longer be so realistic; will the kids still want them?

  • none of your business

    Another thug eliminated before he can kill anyone. Supposedly Mike Brown spent a few years in a youthful offender facility for 2nd degree murder. That’s why he managed to get a high school diploma. The facility marched him and the other inmates to class every day.

  • BlueSonicStreak

    Blame the parents.

    Future “thug” or not, this kid was 12 and you can’t entirely blame him for having a “cool” toy. God knows what he was thinking when he pulled it out, but he couldn’t have thought he would do any damage with a toy.

    But you certainly can’t blame a cop who had a realistic-looking gun pulled on them, no matter the age of the person pulling said toy. Little kids have shot people.

    But what kind of idiot parent lets their kid carry a realistic-looking gun to a playground, concealed in their waistband like a real weapon? How did they not tell him he wasn’t allowed to do that? My own parents would have NEVER let me do that (never mind owning airsoft at 12 in the first place), and would have laid down a beating if I hadn’t followed the rules.

    Jesus. If these people were truly honest, they would get on camera and tell the world, “We were terrible parents. Don’t make our mistakes.”

    But no, there’s even a family friend in the article complaining that the police don’t “shoot for the legs.” There should be mandatory classes on basic police procedure in schools – especially majority-black.

    • archer

      I agree there’s enough blame to go around on this one, I don’t think the kid should be dead, the cops are getting too trigger happy. When I was a kid my father bought me a all metal revolver that looked pretty real,I used to play with it outside with friends, today that would be too dangerous.

  • rechill

    I’ve been in this very same situation as a kid. When the cops tell you to put your hands up, you put your *&^%$# hands up or don’t surprised if you get shot. How &^^%$ hard is this to figure out?

    • ElComadreja

      For blacks it seems to be damn near impossible.

  • ElComadreja

    Good riddance. He was only rehearsing for the real thing. Who knows how many rapes and murders were prevented?

    • jviscont1

      your gift of prognostication is best ignored

      • ElComadreja

        Statistics (and any honest assessment of black proclivities) bear me out. Besides, you should thank me. I’ll bet you’ve been waiting to work “prognostication” into a post for quite a while. While we’re at it, sentences start with capital letters.

        • Nancy

          Don’t worry…our latest troll will spend a little while on Google, looking for the rare examples of white violent pre-teens, then try to pass off these outliers as representative of white “violence” .

          I was listening to Rush on the radio earlier, and he was talking to a lady who challenged some black idiot councilwoman who was spouting off similar “examples” (the few outliers which prove the exception, rather than the rule, of white behavior). The white lady did her own research, called the black councilwoman with the actual statistical numbers to set her straight and call her out on her spreading misinformation.

          Of course, the councilwoman didn’t admit her error…she just told the lady that “when she encounters such statistics [exposing black criminality], those statistics are usually TAINTED.”

          So even in the face of factual, unalterable numbers, blacks will proceed as if they don’t exist. Then they wonder why all other races in the world consider them the very definition of “willful ignorance”.

    • 4321realist

      You’re right on.
      At age 12 the black is well into puberty and many of them have rap sheets by that age.
      They’re the only race of people I’ve read about who produce 11 and 12 year old murderers.

  • Evidently the little dope had earlier removed the orange plastic “fake gun” telltale from the muzzle; perhaps Rice wanted the silly thing to look more realistic. The good news here is that he was completely successful in this endeavor.

  • WR_the_realist

    Toy guns designed to look like real guns are supposed to have orange tips to make then distinguishable from the real thing so as to prevent this sort of incident from happening. That kid’s toy gun didn’t have such a marking, so somebody somewhere screwed up.

  • Paleoconn

    And so we lose another budding astrophysicist. The tragedy!

  • Joe Schmoe

    I just laugh at the fact that during their vigil they brought teddy bears. What twelve year old boy still plays with teddy bears, let alone a thug in the making.