Caught on Tape: 12-Year-Old Shot and Killed By Police in Cleveland

Tamir Rice was shot and killed after waving a toy gun that looked like a firearm in a park.
1:52 | 11/26/14

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Transcript for Caught on Tape: 12-Year-Old Shot and Killed By Police in Cleveland
The 12-year-old boy shot and killed by two officers why holding a pellet gun. Police today releasing new video as we learn more about the officers involved. One joining the force just this year. Here's ABC's Tom llamas. Reporter: This surveillance tape made public today at the request of tamir rice's family. It shows the 12-year-old on a Cleveland playground holding what appears to be a weapon. Police roll up, confronting tamir. It takes just seconds. The passenger door opens wider. An officer fires, striking the boy who later died. Shots fired. Male down, black male, maybe 20, black revolver, black handgun. Reporter: But tamir's gun -- you can see it here -- turned out to be an air soft pistol that shoots soft pellets, not bullets. There's a guy in here with a pistol. You know it's probably fake, but he's pointing it at everybody. Reporter: That 911 caller, noting three times in the call the gun could be a fake. But dispatch apparently didn't relay that to the responding officers. He keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people. Reporter: The officer who fired his weapon, 26-year-old timothy loehmann, on the job only eight months. Police say he ordered rice to put his hands up before he fired -- The facsimile weapon in this incident is indistinguishable from a real firearm. Reporter: That's because it was missing this Orange tip, designed to signal that it's not a real firearm. Police in New Jersey showed us the difference. This is an airsoft pistol, similar to the one used in Cleveland, with the Orange tip removed. I'm just two feet away from us. Does this look like the real thing, chief? Absolutely. Reporter: Here are three Reporter: The family saying this could have been avoided. The two officers involved are now on leave. Tom llamas, ABC news, New York.

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