“He moved his hand toward his waistband.”
That is the go-to excuse for many cops who kill black people.
It’s amazing how many unarmed black people seem to have “reached for their waistbands” when they had nothing there. It’s almost as if this go-to cop excuse is completely made up.
Just as it is in the case of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy cops killed within 1 second of rolling up in Cleveland, Ohio in November of 2014. They barely had their shouted warnings out of their mouths before opening fire.
An expert hired by Rice’s family concluded that video evidence showed the young boy’s hands were in his pockets when he was shot to death. The report released late Friday contradicts statements from the two officers that Tamir moved his hand to his waistband when they approached.
The expert says Rice didn’t have the chance to remove his hands from his jacket pockets as officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback arrived and jumped out of their cruiser. Loehmann opened fire on Tamir within one second of opening the door of their car, the report said.
Rice had been playing with a airsoft pellet gun in a park outside a local recreational center when a passerby reported seeing someone waving a gun, adding that the firearm was “probably fake.” Loehmann and Garmback did not receive that information, however, and took the 12-year-old for a man when they sped up to the boy in the police cruiser. Loehmann, a rookie, opened fire within seconds.
Tamir died in the hospital the next day.