A gazebo where a 12-year-old black boy with a pellet gun was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer is expected to be dismantled beginning this week and shipped to a Chicago museum for display.
The gazebo became a makeshift memorial to Tamir Rice, whose 2014 death sparked Black Lives Matter protests. An attorney says Tamir’s mother wanted the gazebo to become a symbol for what happened to him.
Ex-city councilman Jay Westbrook said Monday he’s been coordinating the deconstruction with officials at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank. He says a museum official will supervise the deconstruction, scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Tamir was killed by a patrol officer within two seconds of a cruiser skidding to a stop near him outside a recreation center where the gazebo is located.
Two local companies will be handling removal of the structure, which was piled with stuffed animals and flowers after Tamir’s death.
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