Police kill 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was carrying toy gun

A 12-year-old boy was shot dead by police who believed he was carrying a firearm.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Tamir Rice was carrying a replica gun and was reported by a frightened passer by to police.

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Tamir lost his life in the shooting
Tamir lost his life in the shooting

However, despite the 911 caller saying they were unsure if it was a real weapon, a policeman, who had been on the force less than a year, opened fire on the 12-year-old.

Rice was shot twice, succumbing to his injuries in hospital on Sunday.

Tamir apparently pulled the gun from the waistband of his trousers before he was shot, but did not make verbal threats nor point the gun towards police.

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According to the BBC, the officer’s involved in the incident on Saturday have been placed on leave while an investigation is conducted.

A lawyer for the Rice family told them they will also be investigating if Tamir’s rights were violated.

This latest shooting from Cleveland, America, will only add fuel to the widely held belief that much of the police force in the country are racist, especially against black young men.

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