Expert: Tamir Rice Shot Within 1 Second With Hands in Pockets


Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot to death by Cleveland police last year had his hands in his pockets when he was shot within 1 second of officers arrival and wasn’t reaching for the pellet gun he’d been playing with, according to an expert’s review of a new video analysis of the shooting.

Expert review has concluded that Tamir Rice did not have enough time to remove his hands from his pockets before being shot, and his hands were not visible to the officer, according to the analysis released late Friday night by attorneys for Tamir’s family.

Jesse Wobrock, an accident reconstruction and biomechanics expert, says the officer’s had no time to issue Tamir Rice orders he could have responded to before he shot. Directly contradicting the police version of events.

This new report and two others from experts already used by the family are the latest analysis of evidence to be released as a grand jury considers whether to bring charges against the officers in Tamir’s death. 12-yr-old Tamir was shot after authorities received a report of a man pointing and waving a gun outside a recreation center in November 2014.

Previous reports concluded that officer Timothy Loehmann shot 12-yr-old Tamir within 2 seconds of opening his car door. The new analysis determined it happened even faster, within less 1 second, according to the review by California-based shooting reconstruction expert Jesse Wobrock.

Cleveland Officers Loehmann and Garmback said in their accounts of the incident that they ordered Tamir to show them his hands. They said Tamir reached for his waistband and that they saw a gun.

With the patrol car windows rolled up, Tamir could not have heard commands to show his hands, Wobrock added.

tamir rice“The scientific analysis and timing involved do not support any claim that there was a meaningful exchange between Officer Loehmann and Tamir Rice, before he was shot,” Wobrock said.

Two other experts who previously reviewed the shooting for Tamir’s family looked at the video frame-by-frame and also concluded Tamir wasn’t reaching into his waistband when he was shot, according to the reports released Friday.

The attorneys for Tamir’s family said Wobrock is available to testify before the grand jury. In response, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said an investigation is the search for the truth.

“We welcome and will review all credible relevant evidence from any source,” McGinty said in a statement Saturday morning.

Tamir’s family has criticized McGinty for months over the length of the investigation and has demanded charges against the officers.

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