CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland has decided to put the demolition of the Cudell Recreation Center gazebo on hold for 30 days after learning that The Smithsonian Institution is interested in preserving it.
The gazebo, where 12-year-old Tamir Rice as shot, was scheduled to be torn down as early as May 2nd.
However, the city now says that Rice’s mother, Samaria, contacted the Law Department asking that the gazebo not be torn down, as the Smithsonian Institution is interested in it for historical reasons. The Institution, on behalf of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has confirmed that they are interested in talking about a possible relocation of the gazebo.
Previously, the Rice family had been in favor of the demolition.
But that will be put on hold for 30 days while the interested parties talk with the city.
Cleveland police shot and killed Rice outside Cudell Rec Center at the gazebo in November 2014. Police said he had an airsoft pistol that looked much more powerful, and he that reached for it. A 911 caller said the gun may be fake, but that was never passed along to officers on the scene.
Last December, the county prosecutor announced no criminal charges would be issued against the officers.
The city eventually reached a $6 million settlement with Tamir’s family.