CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland is agreeing to a request from the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum to delay demolition of a gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot to death by police.
The museum’s senior history curator says the museum is talking with representatives from Black Lives Matter about options to preserve the structure.
The city expected to begin dismantling the structure this week, but Cleveland officials agreed Monday to hold off on demolition for 30 days.
The gazebo became a makeshift memorial after Rice’s death in 2014. The black boy was playing with a pellet gun when a white rookie patrolman responding to a call about a man waving a gun fatally shot him.
A Rice family attorney tells Cleveland.com they support relocating the gazebo and displaying it in a museum.