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New American shooting in spotlight as Ferguson calms

New American shooting in spotlight as Ferguson calms
Video of US police officers shooting dead a 12-year-old black boy with a replica gun seconds after confronting him has stoked anger in the country as protests in Ferguson dwindled following two days of unrest.

Surveillance video released Wednesday showed that the boy, Tamir Rice, was shot last weekend only seconds after two officers arrived in a patrol car at a Cleveland, Ohio park.

Audio broadcast on US TV shows that a man who first observed the boy waving and pointing the gun and called police to report it specified at least twice he thought it was probably “a fake.”But the dispatcher speaking to officers racing to the scene fails to mention that this witness thought the gun was not real.The video emerged as tensions eased in Ferguson, after two days of often violent unrest sparked by Monday’s decision  not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. Just a few dozen protesters and clergy braved rain  and light snow an to protest outside the police department in St Louis.

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