(NEWSER) – The father of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy shot dead after brandishing a BB gun wants to know why police had to use deadly force on his son. He tells theCleveland Plain Dealer that Tamir Rice was a "respectful" young man and that he's shocked by accounts that his son failed to follow police orders. "Why not tase him?" he asks. "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."
The chief of Cleveland's police union, however, says officers are "not trained to shoot people in the leg" and that it could put lives in danger if police reach for a Taser when they believe the situation involves a real gun. "If we pull that trigger, we feel our lives are in danger," he says.