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Family of Tamir Rice rallies for a speedier investigation into shooting
Rice's family says other investigations into police brutality cases in Baltimore and South Carolina have been swifter
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer last November.
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Tamir Rice’s family held a rally in Cleveland today calling for the investigation into the shooting death of the 12-year-old boy to be wrapped up.

It has been over five months since the incident.

Rice’s great-uncle, Mike Petty, says the wait has taken a toll on his family.

LISTEN: Petty on how long the investigation is taking in the police shooting of his nephew

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“We want justice for Tamir. Tamir was only 12 years old," Petty says. "He’ll never go to the prom, he’ll never kiss a girl, he’ll never drive a car, opportunities [we all] take for granted. He was in the prime of his life.”

He says the video of the incident shows there was not enough time for the shooting to occur as the officers claimed.

LISTEN: Petty on the police shooting
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“We do want to know how long," Petty says. "All of us have seen the video. In less than .78 seconds, two shots were fired. They said that they told him to put his hand up three times. That could not have happened form what we saw in the video.”

Lawyers for the family argue that if recent excessive use of force cases in Baltimore and North Charleston, South Carolina can get quick responses, there is no reason that the investigation into Rice’s death should take this long. 

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