The family of the late Tamir Rice has filed an amended wrongful death lawsuit against Cleveland police officers involved in the 12-year-old child’s shooting death. On Friday, the family’s attorneys updated the federal lawsuit against the city of Cleveland, officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed Rice, his partner Frank Garmback, and the unnamed emergency dispatchers. According to the Associated Press, the filing charges negligence, excessive force, infliction of emotional distress on Rice’s sister and mother, failure by the responding officers to administer first aid to Rice and violation of due process to his parents. On Nov. 22, Rice was shot and killed after officers Loehmann and Garmback responded to a 911 call that a boy at a playground was pointing a gun at people. The caller notified the dispatcher the gun was possibly fake and being used by a child.
Minutes later the officers arrived on the scene where video footage shows Loehmann hops out of his squad car and shoots Rice. Loehmann claimed he ordered Rice to put his hands down, but the boy didn’t resulting him opening fire and killing the child. Rice was armed with a pellet gun. In the modified suit, it alleges Rice’s 14-year-old sister was falsely imprisoned when she ran onto the scene and tried to tend to her brother. Rice’s sister was handcuffed and placed in the back of Loehmann and Garmback’s police cruiser as her brother lay dying nearby. The family’s lawsuit questions if Loehmann who is a rookie police officer, clearly ordered Rice to drop the gun and raise his hands. The released surveillance footage in the media doesn’t distinguish this information due to it not having audio. Dan Williams, the spokesman for the city of Cleveland has declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.