Protestors rally at Cudell Recreation Center for 12-year-old Tamir Rice


Protestors march to Gordon Square on Dec. 12. (Photo: Suzanne Stratford/Fox 8 News)

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CLEVELAND- Protestors are rallying for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer last month.

About 40 people gathered at the Cudell Recreation Center Friday evening and marched to Gordon Square.

Cleveland police were called to the rec center on Nov. 22 for a report of a male pointing a gun at people. Rice was shot once through the abdomen and died the next day. Authorities later learned the gun was airsoft.

This is the latest protest from the group Puncture the Silence. On Dec. 5, the group led a march around the city of Cleveland, blocking intersections and traffic. About 50 people carried signs for Rice; Eric Garner, who was choked to death by a New York City officer; Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson; and Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were shot 137 times following a police chase through Cleveland.

In November, large crowd of demonstrators brought cars on the Shoreway to a stop during rush hour.

Earlier this week, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the protestors have a right to rally, adding her appreciates their sincerity.

Also on Friday, the Cuyahoga Cuyahoga Medical Examiner’s Office released the autopsy report for Rice. The single gunshot to his stomach injured his intestines and pelvis.

For more coverage on the shooting of Tamir Rice, click here.

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