Timothy Loehmann Allegedly Repeated It Several Times In 2 Seconds
The white Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November claimed in a statement that he and his partner yelled "show me your hands" several times in a few seconds before he shot twice; previous reports say there was no evidence Loehmann shouted any commands. In the statement released by prosecutors on Tuesday, Loehmann claimed that Rice didn't obey the commands and that he saw the black middle schooler pull a weapon out of his waistband. "I knew it was a gun and I knew it was coming out," Loehmann told investigators about Rice's nonlethal Airsoft gun.
"The threat to my partner and myself was real and active." An attorney for Rice's family said Loehmann "insists he observed things and took action that would have been physically impossible for any human being to do" in under 2 seconds and that his partner said the "hands" commands may have come while the cruiser's windows were rolled up. A grand jury will decide if Loehmann should be criminally charged in Rice's death.
Black Friday Gun Sales Were Off The Charts
FBI data released this week shows that more Americans had their backgrounds checked after buying guns on Black Friday than on any day on record. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System says it processed 185,345 on Nov. 27, a 5% increase over 2014 and a significant leap over the previous high, Dec. 21, 2012's 177,170. Friday's spike -- which clocked in at a rate of two per second - came on the same day as a deadly gun attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that killed three people; since 1998, the FBI has processed more than 220 million firearm purchase requests.
Guantanamo Detainee Mistakenly Held For 13 Years
Mustafa Abd-al-Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri has been held at Guantanamo Bay prison for 13 years without charge on what defense officials now say is largely a case of mistaken identity. Shamiri fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and was captured in 2002 because officials believed he was an Al Qaeda courier or trainer, but according to a document released on Tuesday, "we now judge that these activities were carried out by other known extremists" who had similar names or aliases. Officials say Shamiri "probably" had explosives training in Afghanistan and may have stayed at the same safehouse as the Qaeda operatives who planned the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, but there's no evidence he was part of the operation.