The video shows the boy walking and pointing the gun in different directions before entering a gazebo.
A patrol car with two officers pulls up to the gazebo. The first to get out, identified by a city official as Timothy Loehmann, 26, shoots almost immediately.
In a news conference broadcast by NBC, Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the time between the car pulling up and Rice being shot was 1.5 to 2 seconds.
There is no audio on the video, but the officers said they told Rice to raise his hands three times before he was shot, police said. He died on Sunday.
Asked why the car pulled up so close, Tomba said "That's a legitimate question," which is part of the investigation.
In a statement about the video, Rice's family said, "It is our belief that this situation could have been avoided and that Tamir should still be here with us." The family asked the community to remain calm and keep protests peaceful.
Cleveland police said Loehmann and the second officer, Frank Garmback, 46, were both on leave. A union representative said the officer who shot Rice had been on the force for under a year.
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