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Footage showing moment boy, 12, was shot by police released


VIDEO FOOTAGE showing the moment a 12-year-old boy carrying a toy gun is fatally shot by police in the US has been released by US authorities.

The disturbing clip shows Tamir Rice in a park in Cleveland shortly before two officers responding to an emergency call from the public arrive at the scene. Tamir is shot dead within seconds of the officers' arrival.

Police identified the responding officers as 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann, who was appointed to the force this year and was identified as the officer who fired at Tamir, and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, who has been with the department since 2008.

Cleveland Police said the gun looked like a real firearm and that officers ordered Tamir to show his hands three times before he was shot on Saturday (Nov 22). He died in hospital the following day.

Officers later determined Tamir's gun was an airsoft gun, which are sold with orange safety indicators at the end of the barrel, but police said the boy's toy did not have one.

DISTURBING FOOTAGE: This video clip shows 12-year-old Tamir Rice walking through a playground moments before he was fatally shot by police officers in Cleveland

Police said the video, which has no sound, was being released at the request of Tamir’s family. They also released audio of an emergency call reporting a gun and a dispatcher directing officers to the scene.

“This is not an effort to exonerate. It's not an effort to show the public that anybody did anything wrong,” Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said.

“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.”

The shooting came just days before protesters across the United States took to the streets in outrage following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who like Tamir was black, in Ferguson, Missouri.

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