Cleveland to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy whose fatal shooting by city police in 2014 prompted national outrage, in a settlement announced today.
“Under the terms of the settlement, Cleveland does not admit wrongdoing.” Interesting how a 12 year old boy is murdered, but no one wants to take the blame.
The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.
An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next. There was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.
Family attorney Subodh Chandra called the settlement historic but added: “The resolution is nothing to celebrate because a 12-year-old child needlessly lost his life.”
The wrongful death suit filed by his family and estate against the city and officers and dispatchers who were involved alleged police acted recklessly when they confronted the boy on Nov. 22, 2014.