Police Video Shows 12-year-old Cleveland Boy Holding Toy Gun Shot Dead in a Matter of Seconds

Tamir Rice was playing with a replica gun at the edge of a park when a police car pulled up and shot him seconds later.

Police in the U.S. city of Cleveland shot a 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun within a few seconds of arriving at the scene, a video released by police showed Wednesday.

The video, released at the request of the victim's family according to The New York Times, shows Tamir Rice playing with and pointing a replica gun at the edge of a park. A police car pulls up and Rice is shot seconds later.

Police said two officers arrived at the scene on Saturday after receiving an emergency call that someone at the park was carrying a "probably fake" gun and pointing it at people.

Information about the gun possibly being fake was not passed on to the officers, The Washington Post reported.

Authorities had said the gun lacked the orange safety marker intended to signal that it was a replica, the report said.

"Shots fired, male down, um, black male, maybe 20," one of the officers at the scene radioed after the shooting, according to the Washington Post.

Rice was warned three times to put up his hands, but did not comply, police said.

"The video shows one thing distinctly: the police officers reacted quickly," Rice's family said in a statement.

"Tamir should still be here with us," The New York Times quoting his parents as saying.

The police officer who shot Rice was Timothy Loehmann, 26, who had been in the Cleveland police force since March.

The local prosecutor's office is due to present evidence from the police to a grand jury, which will decide whether to bring charges against the officer.

Days earlier, a grand jury in the state of Missouri decided not to indict a police officer who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown, in a decision that sparked violence and demonstrations.