CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association says before any judgement is made, the community should wait until investigation into Saturday’s deadly, police-involved shooting is complete and evidence is unveiled.
The officer who shot Tamir Rice did not know the boy was just 12 years old, according to the president of CPPA, Jeff Fulmer. Fulmer says officers at the scene did not think Rice was carrying a BB gun, even though the 911 caller believed it was fake.
From the 911 call: “He’s right there by the youth center and he keeps pulling it in and out of his pants. I don’t know if it’s real or not.”
“There was a caller. He thought the threat was there. He gave his opinion on what was going on. Fake or no fake, we are coming in as if it’s a real gun,” said Fulmer.
Hours after the shooting, Tamir’s mother told us she never saw her son with any gun.
“I don’t know if someone at the rec center gave my son a gun. He doesn’t have a gun. He don’t own a gun,” said Samaria Rice.
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