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Community event held to honor all victims of police violence

Updated: Jun. 6, 2020 at 1:52 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Since his death in 2014, Tamir Rice has become a national symbol for police brutality against African-Americans.

[ Mother of Tamir Rice says she was ‘distraught’ after seeing her son’s name in graffiti during Cleveland protests ]

His mother, Samaria Rice, has used her voice numerous times over the past six years to advocate for equality and police reform.

The 12-year-old African-American boy, who was carrying an Airsoft pellet gun at the time, was fatally by a white Cleveland police officer in November 2014.

The Cleveland Division of Police eventually deemed the shooting “reasonable and within guidelines." The officer, Timothy Loehmann was eventually fired for lying on a portion of his hiring application, not for the deadly shooting.

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