Family of 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police files suit

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 05, 2014 3:13 PM

(Reuters) - The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit on Friday against the city and the police officers involved.

Tamir Rice was shot last month while carrying what turned out to be a replica gun that typically fires plastic pellets. The shooting came at a time of heightened national scrutiny of police use of force, especially against African-Americans.

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(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Sandra Maler)