The Smithsonian asks Cleveland not to tear down Cudell Gazebo

The Smithsonian asks Cleveland not to tear down Cudell Gazebo

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The gazebo where Tamir Rice, 12, was shot by Cleveland police November 2014 will not be torn down any time soon.

There's been a delay in plans to deconstruct.

Friday, April 29, Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice, called the Cleveland Law Department asking that them not tear it down because the Smithsonian Institution was interested in preserving it.

Monday, the Law Director received confirmation from the Smithsonian Institution, on behalf of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, stating that they were interested in exploring the possibility of an historic preservation of the gazebo.

Because of their expressed interest in discussing a possible relocation of the gazebo, the city will delay the deconstruction of the gazebo for thirty days to allow that discussion to continue.

A grand jury decided on Dec. 28, 2015 not to indict the two officers involved in the shooting, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said the evidence did not warrant criminal charges.

On Nov. 22, 2014, Tamir was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer after a report of a male with a gun outside of a Cleveland recreation center. Officers Loehmann and Garmback responded to the scene. Loehmann fired the shot that killed the 12-year-old.

The city settled with the Rice family for $6 million dollars.

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