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Brown family's lawyer: Grand jury has made a decision

A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, AP reported, citing the Brown family's lawyer.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead by police in August in Ferguson, St Louis. Credit: Family handout

St Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office is expected to make an announcement later today.

Activist groups have pledged fresh street protests if officer Darren Wilson does not face criminal charges over the August 9 death of 18-year-old Brown.

911 call before Cleveland shooting released

A man who called 911 call before a 12-year-old boy was shot dead by police in Cleveland, Ohio, did tell operators he thought it was "probably fake".

Tamir Rice was shot dead by police in Cleveland, Ohio, at the weekend. The 'gun' he had turned out to be a toy replica.

The caller added Rice was "probably a juvenile" who was sitting on a swing in a children's playground at the time.

It is not thought this information was passed on to officers who arrived on the scene to investigate.

Father of Tamir Rice: 'Why didn't you Taser him?'

The father of the 12-year-old boy shot dead by US police while holding a toy gun has questioned why officers fired at his son, rather than using a stun-gun.

Gregory Henderson told local paper the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Why not taze him? You shot him twice, not once, and at the end of the day you all don't shoot for the legs, you shoot for the upper body."

He also said his son was a "respectful" person and he could not understand why he would not follow police orders.

The incident took place after a member of the public called the 911 emergency number, saying that a boy was scaring people with a gun that was "probably fake".

But the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association told the Associated Press the officers were not informed the gun was thought to be fake.

Boy shot by US police named as 12-year-old Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice was holding a toy gun when he was shot in Ohio. Credit: Facebook

A 12-year-old boy shot dead by police in America has been named as Tamir Rice.

Officers in Cleveland, Ohio, opened fire on the youngster in a children's playground after reports he had a gun.

The 911 caller is said to have told police they did not believe the weapon was real. It later emerged it was a toy pellet gun.

Most pellet guns have bright orange tips so they are not confused with real guns but police said this had been removed.

Tamir was shot in the abdomen and underwent emergency surgery but died in hospital on Sunday.

The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave while an investigation is carried out.

The shooting is the second incident to shake the city over the weekend. On Friday police said four people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed.

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US boy shot by police while brandishing fake gun dies

A 12-year-old boy shot by police in Cleveland, Ohio has died.

The boy was brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, when he was shot by a police officer responding to an emergency call.

An investigation has been launched in the wake of the fatal shooting. Credit: Reuters

A man who called police told emergency dispatchers before police arrived that the boy was on a swing set and pointing a pistol that was "probably fake" and scaring everyone.

The caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his trousers.

"I don't know if it's real or not," the caller said.

Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said the officers were not told the caller thought the gun might be fake.

Obama offers olive branch to 4.7m migrants

US President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented migrants.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to an amnesty for immigrants who are in the US illegally.

Obama ushers in reforms affecting 4.7m immigrants. Credit: PA

Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it. It's been this way for decades. And for decades we haven't done much about it.

– President Obama

With 11 million undocumented migrants in the US, Obama's plan would let some 4.4 million who are parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents remain in America temporarily, without the threat of deportation.

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