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12 Year Old Boy with Toy Gun Fatally Shot by Cleveland Police



Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

A 12-year-old boy with a replica gun was shot and killed by Cleveland police over the weekend.

Police authorities had received a report about a 911 call in which someone reported that a juvenile was scaring people with a gun that was “probably fake,” USA Today reports.

Officers arrived at the scene on Saturday and the boy, Tamir Rice, pulled the fake weapon. According to reports, he did not point the gun at the police or make any verbal threats. One of the policemen shot him twice in the torso. He died on Sunday at MetroHealth Medical Center.

In the aftermath of the incident, Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said “the officers were not told the 911 caller thought the gun might be fake.”

Rice’s gun was an “airsoft”-type replica gun, a BB-gun type gun that looked like a semi-automatic pistol.

The case is currently under investigation.

Photo Credit: USA Today


  1. mimi

    November 24, 2014 at 7:04 am

    which country is safe?

  2. BN lover

    November 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Lord have mercy! What is there for them to investigate? A grow ass man whose duty is to protect life and property just took a life,to top the pain,the life of a minor…..ohk,so what if the gun was real,so your first call of action is to attack and kill?? y didn’t u just try to play soft……there’s nothing to investigate,a child is dead and we are saying enough is enough……oga police u ve killed a child,u should be convicted for murder…..infact first decree murder……

    • maria

      November 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Your comment is so ridicule that i feel bad for you. so the police should see a gun and then play soft so he will get shot? the office has a family that need him at home too . at the time the biy was reaching for the gun, that boy was a treat to the officer when people reach for guns you do whatever possible you can to stay alive

  3. jhennique

    November 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

    na so them go investigate till the world ends. but they didnt take long to investigate and prosecute the white boy that killed a police dog, sentencing hin to 23 years. all i know is that there is still a God

  4. Bb

    November 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

    If he was White I assure you more caution would have been taking. But cuz he is black, he is stereotyped and now look at the mess.

  5. Bims

    November 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I’ve never been in support of kids having toy guns especially in the current state of terrorism on a global scale. However, I think the Police should have done better.

  6. sum1special

    November 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    If he where a 12 yr old white boy, would they still have shot him?

    • maria

      November 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      The answer is Yes they probably would have. do you know how many white criminal or people are shoot everyday by police officer am sure you don’t think whites do not get shoot because they do

  7. tunmi

    November 24, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    1. Those bb guns are sold with an orange sticker to let others know it is not a real gun. This gun did not have it.
    2. I read in the newspaper that the officer told him to raise his hand, the boy reached for the gun instead.

    It is a sad thing that happened but these cops followed their training. Now why the training that these cops receive focuses on shoot to kill is another matter.

  8. maria

    November 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    OK BN your report is totally wrong. I know this because this happened in Cleveland Ohio, and i live in Cleveland Ohio, I am a teacher in a school around the recreation center where this incident happened. I discussed this with my students this morning because many of them saw the incident happen, and they are friends to this little boy. the police did not just arrive at the scene and shoot this boy somethings lead to something. we all know american history with guns, children get guns, go to school and shot up people they don’t like, (a similar event happened in Florida just last week). a boy goes to the rec center filled with kids with a BB gun which he had removed the orange cap that differentiate it from a real gun, he was scaring people with it and a disturbed adult called the police because they thought it was a real gun. the police officer asked the boy to hands up which he refused and he tried to pull the gun out. I am sure this officer was scared for his life and shot unfortunately a young 12 year old died but this could have been prevented if American parents teach their children well enough to respect elders. i am upset this happened but please let not blame this on race because i am sure race has nothing to do with it.

  9. OMG

    November 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    @ Maria, u are sick in your head!

  10. jake ro

    November 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I second you OMG .maria has totally lost her mind.does she know how many black kids die everyday b/c of this shooting.they are seriously trying to replace blacks with latino population. Sending them to jail is becomming difficult , so they resort to killing them instantly.

  11. Pat

    November 25, 2014 at 2:49 am

    you read Maria’s comment and all you could say is that… Well, its obvious who the sick one is not Maria

  12. cos i say so

    December 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The man that was killed in a chokehold; the unarmed boy that was killed… all these people didn’t deserve to die
    BUT… this 12 year old was just inviting death… children are shooting up schools almost every month in america so the officer was well within his right to fire that shot
    If the boy had an iota of sense,he should have complied with the officer’s instructions
    What if the gun was real and the policeman hesitated cos it was a 12yr old kid? Then the cop will be shot to hell and he’ll “die a hero”,nna it’s better for the cop to stay alive for his family than be a dead hero that’ll be forgotten in a couple of weeks
    The boy decided to play an expensive joke to probably gain cheap popularity in school and he died an expensive death… he’s 12 yrs old not 3yrs old,he should hav had more sense than that
    I can imagine how many people kept telling him to put away the gun,what sort of child must he have been to derive so much joy in scaring the entire school…
    I’m sorry but I have no sympathy for the young man,maybe his parents but def not him
    Other kids and even adults should learn from this

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