Pre-teen's death at hands of Cleveland cop ruled a homicide

Medical examiner's office releases autopsy report for 12-year-old Tamir Rice shot by officer

The death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police in November has been formally ruled a homicide, according to a Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's autopsy report released Friday.

Tamir Rice, who was black, was shot on Nov. 22 by officers responding to a call of a suspect waving a handgun around in a park. The weapon turned out to be a replica that typically fires plastic pellets. He died the next day.

The autopsy report said that Rice sustained a single wound to the left side of his abdomen that traveled from front to back and lodged in his pelvis. The report noted the pre-teen was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 195 pounds.

Under cause of death, the report reads “gunshot wound of torso with injuries of major vessel, intestines and pelvis. HOMICIDE.”

The shooting occurred at a time of heightened national scrutiny of police use of force and two days before a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

Rice was shot less than two seconds after the police car pulled up beside him in the park, police have said. They also released a security video of Rice in the park before and during the shooting.

Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, said on Monday the officers involved should be convicted and urged prosecutors to bypass a grand jury. The family filed a lawsuit last week against the city of Cleveland and the two officers involved in Rice's shooting.

Al Jazeera and wire services

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