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The city of Cleveland agrees to pay $6 million dollars to settle a lawsuit filed by the relatives of Tamir Rice. Rice was a 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police in 2014.
Cleveland will pay $3 million this year and $3 million next year to complete the settlement. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster wrote in a one-page document on Monday that the agreement does not include any admission of wrongdoing towards the death of Tamir Rice.
“Tamir was 12-years-old when he was shot and killed by the police-a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise. In a situation such as this, there is no such thing as closure or justice. Nothing will bring Tamir back.”
Rice was playing with a toy gun in a park when police were called to the scene. Tamir’s death was one of the several incidents that started an ongoing national discussion over police officers using deadly force against black people.
Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback claim that they were not told the child was playing with a toy gun but a man with a weapon. Both officers, along with the city of Cleveland were named as defendants in the federal lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed less than two weeks after Tamir was killed. The police officers felt as though they acted legally. Sadly, many officers in situations such as Tamir’s feel as though they’ve done nothing wrong.
In December, a grand jury brought criminal charges against Loehmann. However, the jurors decided that the shooting was justified. Officers are rarely charged for fatal shootings while on duty. While the family of Rice will receive $6 million, there will never be enough money to replace Tamir’s life. For life is a priceless gift.