Crews dismantle gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot

Sept. 14, 2016: The gazebo, which has become a makeshift memorial for Tamir Rice, will be put on display at a museum in Chicago.

CLEVELAND — The gazebo where a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer is being dismantled 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.

Crews began taking down the gazebo shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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.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 are handling removal of the structure, which was piled with stuffed animals and flowers after Tamir's death.

Tamir's death was among those that fueled the national Black Lives Matter movement, along with those of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

Family attorney Subodh Chandra has said Tamir's mother originally wanted the gazebo demolished, but she changed her mind as she came to understand its historic importance.

A misunderstanding was blamed for initial incorrect reports earlier this year that the Smithsonian Institution wanted the gazebo for its black history museum in Washington.


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