Groups protest at Cleveland City Hall in response to video of 12-year-old being shot

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Protesters gathered outside Cleveland City Hall in response to the video of Tamir Rice being released. (Photo by Suzanne Stratford)

CLEVELAND- Hours after Cleveland officials released video of the officer-involved shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, protesters gathered at Cleveland City Hall.

Members of the groups Black on Black Crime and Puncture the Silence rallied at 4 p.m. in front of city hall on Lakeside Avenue.

Cleveland police were called to Cudell Rec Center on Saturday for a report of a male pointing a gun at people. When officers arrived, they made three commands to Rice before shooting him twice.

Officers administered first aid to Rice at the scene and he was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. Police officers said Rice had an airsoft that looked like a real gun with the orange safety tab removed.

Police released surveillance video of the shooting, as well as the 911 call and police dispatch audio, on Wednesday. The video shows Rice holding what appears to be a gun and a Cleveland police cruiser arriving at the rec center’s gazebo.

On Tuesday, a group of protestors reacting to the decision in Ferguson, Missouri marched from Public Square to the Shoreway, blocking rush hour traffic.