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Newsnet 5 Cleveland- Sarah Buduson- Nov 27, 2014
CLEVELAND - Cleveland officials said Thursday officers waited close to four minutes to administer first aid after Tamir Rice, 12, was shot.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said a detective and FBI agent who were in the area responded to the call for help and began giving medical help to Rice three minutes and 49 seconds after he was shot by rookie Cleveland patrol officer Timothy Loehmann.

NewsChannel 5 Investigators asked Cleveland officials why the two officers involved in the shooting did not immediately administer first aid.

Dan Williams, a spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson, said all of the officers' actions are under investigation. He was unsure of the policy related to how and when officers are required to provide medical assistance.

According to information obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigators, many area police officers receive first aid training.

We also asked why officials did not show reporters the video of how the officers reacted after the shooting. Williams said the officers only released the video because the family requested the footage be made public. 

Cleveland, Akron and other area departments take American Red Cross HeartSaver courses. The course teaches participants how to respond to "injury emergencies."

Rice was shot Saturday in the park next to the Cudell Recreation Center after a 911 caller said he was waving what appeared to be gun.

The caller said the gun may be fake and the suspect may be a kid, but the dispatcher did not relay that information.

The two officers involved are currently on administrative leave.

Tomba said the city hopes to complete their investigation within 90 days.

Mourners have dropped stuffed animals off at the site where Rice was shot since Saturday.

Thursday, the area was quiet, but the number of stuffed animals and other mementos paying tribute to Rice has continued to grow.

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