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US boy holding toy gun shot dead
24 Nov 2014 08:08
Police in the United States have shot and killed a 12-year-old boy waving what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground.
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The shooting in Cleveland, Ohio, comes amid high racial tensions in the US.
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A grand jury is set to announce whether a white policeman will be indicted for the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teenager in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson in Missouri.
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Ohio was also the scene of another fatal shooting in August, when police responding to a 911 call shot and killed a black man, John Crawford, in a Walmart store while he was carrying a toy gun sold there.
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In this latest incident, officers called to the scene on Saturday fired at the boy twice, hitting him at least once in the stomach, after reports that he was pointing a gun at people.
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The boy, identified by the county medical examiner's office as Tamir Rice, died early Sunday, local newspaper The Plain Dealer reported.
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One of the police officers was in his first year in the force, it said.
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