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Police to release video of officer shooting of 12-year-old boy in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Cleveland officials said they would release on Wednesday video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a pellet gun.

CLEVELAND, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Cleveland officials said they would release on Wednesday video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a pellet gun.

Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center.

Police asked Rice to raise his hands, but an officer shot him when he instead reached for the pellet gun, police said. He died on Sunday.

Police have said the video, which has no audio, clearly shows what happened. It will be released at about 1 p.m. local time.

Rice had an Airsoft-type replica gun that resembles a semiautomatic pistol, but typically shoots plastic pellets, police said. An orange tab that would have indicated it was not a firearm had been removed, authorities said.

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A statement from Rice's family described him as "a bright young man who had his whole life ahead of him."

"Though the hurt our family feels is too painful for words to describe, we still have faith in the justice system," the statement said.

The officer who shot Rice had been on the force for less than a year and is on administrative leave, according to a police union representative.

About 300 people protested the Rice shooting on Tuesday, tying up rush hour traffic, but the demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests. The Rice family has asked that protests stay peaceful.

Under a 2013 policy for police deadly force cases, the Rice shooting will be sent to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury for possible charges, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a community meeting on Tuesday that he plans to begin outfitting patrol officers with cameras by January and that the officer who shot Rice was "very distraught."

"No officer wants to do that," Williams said, but added: "Officers do have the right to respond with deadly force."

An Ohio grand jury in September decided not to press charges against two police officers who fatally shot a man while he held a pellet gun at a Dayton-area Walmart.

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Reporting by Kim Palmer.

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