Cops kill black boy who had fake gun

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BERLIN: Po­lice in Cleve­land, Ohio, shot and killed a 12-year-old African-Amer­i­can boy in a park, lo­cal me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Cleve­land’s WKYC TV sta­tion, po­lice shot Tamir Rice in the chest near the city’s Cudell Recre­ation Cen­tre on Satur­day when he reached into his waist­band for a gun that turned out to be a fake.

Po­lice say they ar­rived at the scene after re­ceiv­ing a 911 call that some­one at the park was car­ry­ing a gun and point­ing it at peo­ple.

“He’s sit­ting on the swing and keeps pulling it – the gun – in and out of his pants, and point­ing it at peo­ple,” the 911 caller said. “He’s prob­a­bly a ju­ve­nile, you know.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the gun was a replica that looked like a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol, po­lice said.

The boy died of his wounds at the city’s Metro-Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter on Sun­day morn­ing.

WKYC re­ports that Rice’s fam­ily are plan­ning their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

“We are go­ing to con­duct our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” at­tor­ney Tim Kucharski said. “We’re go­ing to talk to wit­nesses, get the 911 tapes and ra­dio dis­patch records as to what was said to the po­lice and what the of­fi­cers knew.” – Sapa-dpa

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