Tamir Rice's Family Will Get $6 Million From The City Of Cleveland
The city of Cleveland has reached a $6 million settlement with the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer in November of 2014. Rice was shot while playing with a non-lethal airsoft gun in a local park.
The settlement—announced Monday by the U.S. District Court in Cleveland—requires the city to pay $3 million this year, and another $3 million in 2017. The city has not admitted wrongdoing in this case.
The bulk of the settlement money—$5.5 million—will go to Rice's estate, according to the LA Times. Another $250,000 will go to his mother, Samaria Rice.
The settlement is the conclusion of a wrongful death suit filed against the city of Cleveland by Rice's family and his estate. The suit alleged that city officials mishandled the 911 call about Rice, and that the police officers behaved recklessly on the scene. The 911 operator who took the call about Rice failed to pass on to police that the caller suspected Rice's gun was fake; when he arrived on the scene, rookie cop Tim Loehmann opened fire n Rice within two seconds.
Back in December, a grand jury declined to press charges against the two police officers involved in Rice's death: Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback.