Dismantling begins of gazebo where officer killed Tamir Rice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Workers have begun dismantling the gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer.

A Chicago arts organization is planning to display the gazebo where the black boy was killed by a white officer while playing with a pellet gun in November 2014. It became a makeshift memorial to Tamir.

Crews on Wednesday morning removed concrete picnic tables by the gazebo at a recreation center on Cleveland’s east side. They also took off some shingles from the roof, with additional dismantling scheduled for later in the day.

The structure has become a symbol for a protest movement over the killings of black men by police.

The Tamir Rice Foundation is finalizing an agreement to loan the structure to Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank.