Public viewing set for boy fatally shot by police

Demonstrators lay down in Public Square Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Cleveland, during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A public viewing will be held for a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealereports that the viewing of Tamir Rice will be Sunday. His funeral service will be Wednesday at a Cleveland church.

The boy was shot Nov. 22 outside a recreation center by a rookie police officer responding to a 911 call about a male pointing a gun at others. The caller told the dispatcher it wasn’t clear if the gun was real or fake.

The fake gun lacked the orange safety indicator usually found on the barrel and was indistinguishable from a real firearm at a distance.

The boy’s death has sparked community demonstrations against the shooting.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

 

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