Messages spray painted in snow outside Cleveland City Hall

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CLEVELAND– Messages including ‘Hands Up,’ ‘No Justice,’ and ‘Justice 4 Tamir’ were spray painted in the snow outside of Cleveland City Hall Monday night.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson held a press conference Monday afternoon and discussed the City of Cleveland’s response to the civil lawsuit filed by the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Tamir Rice Photo Credit: Timothy Kucharski

Tamir Rice
Photo Credit: Timothy Kucharski

On Nov. 22, a 911 caller reported a male with a gun at the Cudell Recreation Center. After Cleveland police arrived, one officer shot Rice. Police later learned the weapon was an airsoft pistol.

During his news conference on Monday, Jackson and law director Barbara Langhenry apologized for the language in the city’s response. Jackson called the document’s phrasing inappropriate and insensitive to Rice and his family.

“This is not the character or personality of the city of Cleveland,” Jackson said, “to be that insensitive to the family or even the victim.”

Tamir Rice’s family will hold a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. Stay tuned to FOX8.com for LIVE coverage.

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