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CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by a police officer responding to a call about someone with a gun says police acted too quickly and his death could’ve been avoided.
A statement released Wednesday evening by attorneys for Tamir Rice’s family says the family has viewed a surveillance video of the shooting and thanks the city for releasing it publicly.
The video shows Tamir carrying an airsoft gun that shoots non-lethal plastic pellets. Police say the officer who shot him fired within 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser.
The family says it hopes police and prosecutors thoroughly examine the shooting. It asks for the community to remain calm and protest peacefully.