Partner of cop who shot Rice: ‘I didn’t know it was a kid’


CLEVELAND (AP) — The partner of a Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir (tuh-MEER’) Rice recalls pleading for a faster response from medics as the wounded boy’s condition worsened.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2oZdxvu ) reports the newly public recorded police interviews were done within days of the November 2014 death of Rice, who’d been playing with a pellet gun.

In one video , Officer Frank Garmback chokes up as he describes spotting the suspect with an apparent handgun before his partner fired. Garmback pauses, puts his hands over his face, then says quietly: “I didn’t know it was a kid.”

Their police union says the officers did nothing wrong.

A grand jury declined to indict them, but they face administrative charges not directly related to the shooting.