When Officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on November 22, an immediate coverup of his misconduct began.
At least five lies
have already been uncovered, but the latest suggests the entire Cleveland Police Department is in on it.
The Sunday after Tamir Rice was killed, Cleveland Police held a press conference in which they displayed the toy air pistol they say was possessed by Tamir Rice. In this press conference, Detective Jennifer Ciaccia, who also serves as a spokesperson for the department, emphasized that the "orange tip" of the gun was missing and that the "the police learned the gun was fake after the shooting."
The thing, is, though, the police never even saw Tamir Rice brandish or point the pistol at them to determine if the orange cap was actually missing or not. When Detective Ciaccia made the repeated statements that the orange cap was missing, she did so in an effort to bolster the claim that the police had no choice but to fire because they saw the weapon, couldn't determine with their eyes that it was a fake, and acted on instincts to protect themselves. This simply is not true.
As you will see from the video below the fold, when the police pulled up on Tamir Rice, they shoot him in less than two seconds. In that encounter, the gun is never drawn for them to see the missing cap one way or the other.
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