Ohio: The father of the 12-year-old African American boy, who was shot dead by the Cleaveland police, slammed the cops for the reckless act, questioning why was the young boy not tasered first instead of being shot, reports said Sunday.
A taser is a sort of an electrical weapon or an electroshock weapon that cops use to shock the suspected culprit if the risk is not too high.
The 12-year-old boy, who was waving a fake toy gun at people in a park outside Cudell Recreation Center, was reportedly shot twice by two cops, one of which was a first-year rookie and another a veteran, US media reports said.
According to the police, the boy was first ordered to raise his hands, but instead of following the order he reached for his fake gun and that was when the cops fired at him.
An investigation has been launched into the boy's death and the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave according to the standard procedure.
The boy has been identified by the Cleaveland police as Tamir Rice. His father Gregory Henderson has condemned the cops for shooting his young son, saying, “To be 12 years old, he doesn't know what he's doing. Police, they know what they're doing,” the Daily Mail reported.
Talking to the reporters, Mr Gregory Anderson grew emotional and trying to fight back tears, he said, 'I'm trying not to cry about the situation but the situation hurts”.
“Who would've thought he would go so soon? He had his whole life ahead”.
The devastated father recounted his son's memories, saying how he was his “superhero” who loved playing basketball, was tall for his size, polite and 'very artistic', the report added.
The Cleaveland police later released the 911 call that had prompted them to rush to the site and shoot at the boy.
According to the polie, the 911 caller said, "He's sitting on the swing and keeps pulling it in and out of his pants, and pointing it at people. It’s probably fake, but he’s scaring the s*** out of people.' He's probably a juvenile, you know.”
The police also concluded later that the gun that the 12-year-old was waving was a fake one, a BB gun with its orange safety cap removed and hence it resembled a semi-automatic pistol.
The young boy later succumbed to gunshot at MetroHealth Medical Center early Sunday morning.