Dec 04, 2014 9:11 PM GMT
Police said, according to the Plain Dealer, that Rice was sitting under a pavilion in the park with a few people, suggesting that the boy could have been a threat to others. But the video footage shows Rice was sitting alone as police pulled up.
The Associated Press reports that the police also claimed that the officer who opened fire on Rice asked the boy to put his hands up three times, suggesting that Rice was given ample warning before he was shot. The video footage doesn't disprove this, but it suggests that Loehmann, would have given the commands fairly quickly — he shot Rice within two seconds of his squad car pulling up to the park pavilion.
"Taken together, [the police account] sounds like it could have been a really threatening situation," Hayes said. "But this time, unlike in Ferguson, there is a video, and it tells a pretty different story."