Tamir Rice

Cleveland agrees to pay $6 million to family of Tamir Rice, child who was shot dead by cops

The 12-year-old boy was carrying a fake firearm on Nov. 22 and shot by police after inaccurate 911 call


Antoaneta Roussi
April 25, 2016 8:03PM (UTC)

Cleveland has approved a $6 million settlement for the family of Tamir Rice,  who was shot and killed by police in November 2014, reports The New York Times.

The 12-year-old boy who was seen carrying a fake firearm on Nov. 22 was killed by police officer Timothy Loehmann who responded to an inaccurate 911 call of a man waving a gun in the vicinity of a playground. The dispatcher failed to communicate to the responding officers that the caller reported seeing a youth with a gun that was "probably fake."

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In the settlement, the city does not admit wrongdoing in the shooting of Rice.

Samira Rice, the victim's mother, sued the city, claiming Cleveland police violated her son's civil rights. A surveillance video captured the moment officers arrived at the scene;  Loehmann opened fire less than a second after getting out of the patrol car, striking Rice once in the chest a few yards away.

The settlement is likely the largest that Cleveland has ever had to pay for a civil rights claim, and one of the nation's largest settlements in recent years, reports the Daily News. New York City settled with Eric Garner's family for $5.9 million in July 2015.

“Although it’s historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life,” said two of Tamir’s lawyers, Earl Ward and Jonathan Abady of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP in a statement. “Tamir was 12 years old when he was shot and killed by police — a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise.”


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