Weekend Demonstrations Begin in Cleveland to Protest Fatal Police Shooting of 12-year-old boy
About one hundred people gathered in Cleveland’s Cudell Commons park this morning to kick off a two-day Weekend of Resistance event to protest last month’s fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by a Cleveland police officer at the park on the city’s west side. A 26-photo gallery of the demonstration is below.
I posted previously about the Rice case here and here but to summarize: Rice was holding what turned out to be a toy airsoft gun when he was shot on November 22, 2014; he died early the next day. Video footage of the shooting, showing how the police officer shot the boy within moments of arriving on the scene, has sparked outrage nationwide and attracted attention worldwide.
Local residents were joined this morning by some 40 activists who traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to show their support for Rice and his family, and to join the protest.
As I post this, the protest is ongoing with the demonstrators marching to various parts of the city’s downtown area. You can follow on twitter via the hashtags #Ferguson2Cle and #CleProtests. A pair of actions are also scheduled for Sunday.