Weekend of rallies for Tamir Rice planned around Cleveland

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Tamir Rice (Photo Credit: Timothy Kucharski)

CLEVELAND- The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice is planning a large rally and vigil this weekend for the boy shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer.

Rice’s extended family will host the event at the Cudell Recreation Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  A series of marches are planned throughout the weekend all over Cleveland, including one outside Sunday’s Cavs game, that could cause traffic problems.

Cleveland police said they are aware of the rallies.

Police were called to the rec center on Nov. 22 for a report of a male pointing a gun at people. Police said they ordered Rice to put his hands up before the boy was shot. Officers later learned Rice’s gun was airsoft.

According to organizers for the rally, protestors from Ferguson, Missouri will be chartering buses to Cleveland to show their support for Rice’s family.

The group Puncture the Silence, which is responsible for several recent protests around Cleveland, said the event will also honor Tanisha Anderson, John Crawford, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.