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Video: Cleveland Blames Boy for Own Death, Then Apologizes

March 02, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Cleveland Blames Boy for Own Death, Then Apologizes

During his news conference on Monday, Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland apologized for the language in the city's response to the civil lawsuit filed by the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Jackson called the document's phrasing inappropriate and insensitive to Rice and his family, reports WJW.

On Nov. 22, a 911 caller reported a male with a gun at the Cudell Recreation Center. After Cleveland police arrived, one officer shot Rice, who died the next day. Police later learned the weapon was an airsoft.

In court documents, the city said Rice failed to exercise due care.

"This is not the character or personality of the city of Cleveland," Jackson said, "to be that insensitive to the family or even the victim."

In December, Rice's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the officers of excessive force, assault and battery.

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kevCopAz @ 3/2/2015 8:57 PM

I agree, how un politically correct of this spineless mayor to allow the city to make a true statement to defend themselves and show that as sad and tragic as this was, the c"victim" was his own worst enemy and aaas at fault for his own death either thru bad judgement or plain stupidity. Sorry the truth needs to be told and the family del down knows this IS the truth. I hope the family loses tin court and the officer is vindicated. It is what it is, all the nice talk and politically correct "feelings; can not change the facts, the "victim" made a very bad choice and he paid for his mistake

captmidnight @ 3/4/2015 9:31 PM

Another gang-banger wanna be training for a confrontation with the Po-Po.
Had he been taught to obey, not dis the police he would be alive today.

Even as kids we had sense enough not to point a cap gun at the real police.

What has happened? Parents not teaching respect for authority @ home.

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