"Earth Now, Moon Later"
— began the slow and deliberate process of dismantling the gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot and killed in 2014.
In front of TV cameras, local reporters, and a handful of observers and quiet demonstrators, the crew removed the concrete benches, and the memorial items atop them, from inside the gazebo and began to dismantle the roof with shovels and hooks.
As reported last week, the gazebo will be deconstructed, stored temporarily at a local site and then transferred to the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago.
Former City Councilman Jay Westbrook has helped coordinate the logistics. He was on scene Wednesday morning, saying that he was there on Councilman Matt Zone's behalf. Zone was said to be out of town.
Throughout the cloudy morning, reporters jotted down notes and quotes and watched patiently as the crew went about their business (very respectfully, it should be noted).
Due to the nature of the disassembly, the construction site was incredibly tidy. The shingles and wood from the roof were placed in black garbage bags while the men were on the roof and then carefully laid out in the garden adjacent to the gazebo. The work is expected to take three days.
Before the rain came at Cudell Recreation Center Wednesday morning, a three-man crew from Independence Excavating —