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Family of 12-year-old Killed Holding Fake Pistol Wants Video Made Public

November 25, 2014  | 

Tamir Rice's parents have released a statement on the shooting death of their son, reports News Net 5.

In the statement, Samaria Rice and Leonard Warner, Tamir Rice's parents, ask that police release the full video of Saturday's shooting at the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland's west side.

"We feel the actions of the patrol officer who took our son’s life must be made public," the statement reads. "It is our prayer and request for citizens in the City of Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio to remain calm at this time. We ask for the public to demonstrate peacefully."

A Cleveland Police officer shot Rice in the abdomen Saturday afternoon after several people called to report that someone was waving a gun and pointing it at people at the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland's west side.

Dispatchers did not relay to responding officers over the radio that the caller said the gun may be fake.

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TheRookie @ 11/25/2014 10:42 PM

Commented on this story yesterday. Regardless of the situation and/or outcome it's a bad deal all-around. My heart goes out to the child's parents & the Officer who must feel sickened. Words can't soften what they all are going through.

krisnlc @ 11/26/2014 8:05 AM

The video should be made public. I hope the officer did the right thing.

tedb @ 11/26/2014 8:30 AM

In reading the heartfelt statement from the grieving parents, I must commend them for their common sense and ability to sort the available facts. God bless them and help them through their loss. I know the young officer must also be grieving and may God help him and his family as well. This is a far cry from the imbecilic conduct of Michael Browns' mother and step-father Monday, although Brown's real father did keep fairly calm. I also hope that the officer made the right move in this case, but it will still haunt him for the rest of his life. It almost looks like a case of SBC, but what would make a youngster of this age want to do that?

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