CLEVELAND -- Authorities have released the video of an officer-involved shooting in which 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed outside the Cudell Recreation Center.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the police presented the video at the city's communications center.
Authorities played the video in several versions -- one real-time and in slow motion with police narrative.
PHOTOS | See still images from the video:
The comprised video, which overlooks the park's gazebo, shows the boy walking up and down the sidewalk with an "airsoft" gun in and out of the view's camera and then is seen sitting down on a picnic bench.
WATCH | Tamir Rice shooting video as police arrive:
WATCH | Tamir Rice shooting video at half-speed from moment police arrive:
The release comes a day after Tamir's parents, Samaria Rice and Leonard Warner, sent out a letter, urging Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Police Department to release the video of the incident.
"We feel the actions of the patrol officer who took our son's life must be made public.It is our prayer and request for citizens in the City of Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio to remain calm at this time. We ask for the public to demonstrate peacefully."
EDITOR'S NOTE: WKYC also directly spoke to the attorney representing the boy's family who wish to display the video in its entirety.
READ ENTIRE LETTER | Parents of boy shot by police urge release of video
Police responded to the Cudell Recreation Center on Saturday when a man called 911 to report somebody was waving a gun around. The audio of the call was played at the news conference.
WATCH | Video below shows Tamir Rice with "airsoft" gun:
"The guy keeps pulling it out," the 911 caller said. "It's probably fake, but you know what, he's scaring the (expletive) out of (inaudible). ... He's sitting on the swing right now, but he keeps pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people. Probably a juvenile, you know? … I don't know if it's real or not, you know?"
That's when officers on the scene said they asked Rice to raise his hands and he went for the gun in his waistband. Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officers involved were Timothy Loehmann, 26, and Frank Garmback, 46, and Loehmann, who was the one who shot Rice.The video clearly shows the shooting incident, but Rice is hidden from view beside the police cruiser when he is shot and falls to the ground.
WATCH | Deputy Chief narrates portions of Tamir Rice shooting video:
It turned out to be an "airsoft" gun that did not have the orange tip. Police say the weapon was indistinguishable from a deadly firearm.
The incident has sparked protests this week throughout the downtown area, including demonstrators blocking the Shoreway during rush-hour traffic.
In response, the Rice family released another statement after the video was released to the public with the following:
We have seen the video that shows our son, Tamir, being shot and killed by a City of Cleveland police officer. It is our belief that this situation could have been avoided and that Tamir should still be here with us.
The video shows one thing distinctly: the police officers reacted quickly. It is our hope that the City of Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office thoroughly examine the events outside of the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014.
Again, we ask for the community to remain calm. Please protest peacefully and responsibly. Your prayers, kind words and condolences have meant so much to us.
We understand that some of you are hurt, angry and sad about our loss. But let's use those emotions in a way that will contribute to positive efforts and solutions that bring change to Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and cities across the nation as it relates to how law enforcement officials interact with citizens of color.
We thank the City of Cleveland Division of Police for making the video public. We will await the results of their investigation.
The Cleveland NAACP also released a statement:
The Cleveland NAACP has carefully reviewed the video footage of the incident that occurred on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in which 12-year old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a rookie Cleveland policeman. Officers were responding to a call about a person brandishing a weapon and although the caller indicated that the weapon was probably a toy, it is questionable whether that information was relayed to the responding officers.
We believe that the ever-increasing tension between the police and the citizens of Cleveland played a significant role in Tamir Rice's death. This shooting brings into question the adequacy of the selection, training and preparation of police officers. Police officers should be prepared to confront and address people of all races and cultures and use deadly force only as a last resort.
Unfortunately, the shooting death of Black males or in the case of Tamir Rice, Black children, sheds light on the need for training for both police officers who are vested with the responsibility of dealing with the public and dispatch operators who are obligated to relay accurate information. Responding officers need to be properly equipped with the correct information to address each situation with an appropriate response. In no instance should deadly force be utilized where alternatives are available.
While we understand the feelings of anger, distrust, hyper vigilance, and helplessness that stem from the constant imposition of violence by officers who are sworn to protect and serve - we are asking the community to remain calm while we await a thorough and transparent review of the evidence and facts to ensure justice is served.
As this matter and other police related deaths are investigated
the Cleveland NAACP and other organizational leaders should be engaged in this process of reform to reduce and ultimately prevent these kinds of incidents. We will continue to work with the City of Cleveland, the Department of Justice and other organizations committed to addressing issues relative to the utilization of excessive and unnecessary force.