Two-and-a-half years after Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer who thought the boy's replica pistol was real, cleveland.com has obtained the videos - never before seen publicly -- of investigative interviews with the officers involved, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
The interviews, conducted within days of the Nov. 22, 2014 shooting outside Cudell Recreation Center, include details not previously reported of the events and offer new insight into the mindsets of the officers.
In agreeing to be interviewed on camera by homicide detectives and internal affairs officers, Garmback and Loehmann invoked their so-called Garrity rights, which protect public employees from incriminating themselves in statements to their employer.
Garmback wept several times during his interview - recalling his realization that Rice was a boy, the way Rice looked as he lost consciousness and how long it took rescuers to arrive.
The complete videos of the interviews can be viewed at Cleveland.com.