In releasing the 911 calls and the full surveillance video of the confrontation and fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Ohio boy, Cleveland police also identified the police officers involved in the shooting.
Tamir Rice was shot Saturday while brandishing a fake gun outside the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland. He died at a hospital the next day.
The compressed video shows the confrontation in stuttered images but lacks sound. Police said it was being released as requested by Tamir's family. Police also released audio of a 911 call reporting a gun and a dispatcher directing officers to the scene.
The caller said the boy was sitting on a swing, pulling a gun in and out of his waistband.
"The guy keeps pulling it out," the 911 caller said. "It's probably fake, but you know what, he's scaring the (expletive) out of (inaudible). ... He's sitting on the swing right now, but he keeps pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people. Probably a juvenile, you know? ... I don't know if it's real or not, you know?"
Deputy Cleveland Police Chief Edward Tomba said the release of the video should not be understood as a way to explain the officers' actions or the young man's actions.
"This is not an effort to exonerate. It's not an effort to show the public that anybody did anything wrong," said Tomba. "This is an obvious tragic event where a young member of our community lost their life. We've got two officers that were out there protecting the public that just had to, you know, do something that nobody wants to do."
Tomba refused to comment on what the officers said in their statements, including whether Tamir made any comments to them.