Caught on Tape, Caught in a Lie: 5 Times Video Proved Police Were Lying

From Sandra Bland to Sam DuBose, the officers had one story, but the tape told another.

Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing enters court to be arraigned on murder charges July 30, 2014, in Cincinnati.
Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing enters court to be arraigned on murder charges July 30, 2014, in Cincinnati. Mark Lyons/Getty Images

For police officers, does caught on tape mean caught in a lie?

You know the stories. The officer felt threatened, the suspect charged and the officer, claiming fear for his or her life, had to shoot. But when there’s video, these stories are not as cut-and-dried. In fact, in some cases, officers are caught flat out lying about what really transpired.

Below are five videos that proved police officers were lying in high-profile police-brutality cases:

1. Tamir Rice

In the police report, officers claimed that Tamir was sitting underneath a pavilion with a few other people, that the child saw the police car and that he picked up a toy gun off the table and put it in his waistband. The report also says that police got out of the car and told Tamir three times to put his hands up, that the youth reached into his waistband and he was then shot by the police.

All of the above were lies.

The 12-year-old was shot less than three seconds after the police vehicle pulled up. He was standing up and he was by himself. Still, the grand jury decided not to indict in Cleveland Police Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who killed him.

2. Sandra Bland

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