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Rice family renews calls for peaceful demonstrations

Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother. (Source: WOIO) Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother. (Source: WOIO)
Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police on Nov. 22, 2014. (Source: WOIO) Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police on Nov. 22, 2014. (Source: WOIO)
Rice family press conference. (Source: WOIO) Rice family press conference. (Source: WOIO)
Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, is renewing her call for peaceful demonstrations in wake of the mounting tension on policing and excessive force. 

Samaria, along with her attorney, Walter Madison, made the announcement at 1:30 p.m. at The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church on E. 105th Street. 

The recent killings of two New York City police officers prompted many protesters to take a new stand. Rice's attorneys made things very clear here in Cleveland: The Rice family will not tolerate unpeaceful demonstrations.

"The Rice family's singular focus has been and always will be the pursuit of justice, and the pursuit of that justice by any and all peaceful means available," said one of the attorneys. "For those who have mercenary motives, we do not support you, nor do we welcome your assistance. For you are the true enemy."

Tamir was fatally shot on Nov. 22 by a Cleveland police officer, after they received a report of a male with a gun outside of a Cleveland recreation center. The gun turned out to be an airsoft-type BB gun. 

According to the police department, Officer Timothy Loehmann, 26, shot Tamir after they said he would not comply to three verbal commands and went for his weapon in his waistband.

His death was ruled a homicide on Dec. 12. 

READ THE AUTOPSY REPORT HERE.

The deadly incident remains under investigation. No charges have been filed yet. 

In the meantime, Officer Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback, 46, have been placed on paid leave.

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