Union: Police Not Told Boy's Gun Might Be Toy
A police officer (L) is seen pointing his weapon during an incident involving the shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun at the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, in this still image from video released by the Cleveland Police Department November 26, 2014.
Credit Cleveland Police Department release
The head of a Cleveland police union says the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy last month were not told by a dispatcher that the gun might be a toy or the suspect a child as initially relayed by a 911 caller.
Union president Jeff Follmer said Friday that officers had no way of knowing that Tamir Rice was carrying a pellet gun when he was shot once in the abdomen Nov. 22 by Officer Timothy Loehmann.
Surveillance video released by police shows Tamir being shot within 2 seconds of a patrol car stopping near him.
Follmer says Officer Frank Garmback pulled into a park when they saw Tamir at a distance and meant to stop the patrol car sooner but slid on slick grass.