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Cleveland to Pay $6 Million Settlement to Family in Death of Tamir Rice

April 25, 2016  | 

The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay Tamir Rice's family $6 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed over the boy's November 2014 shooting death by city police, reports The 12-year-old was playing with a realistic-looking pellet gun when he was shot.

The settlement, announced Monday, does not resolve all of the lingering legal issues surrounding the 12-year-old's death. However, it is a sign that both the city and the boy's family did not want to endure what could be a tension-filled and expensive litigation process that could last years.

The settlement was revealed via a court filing from U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who presided over settlement talks.

Tamir Rice's estate will receive $5.5 million, Samaria Rice, the boy's mother, and his sister Tajai Rice will each receive $250,000. The settlement does not mean the city or the two officers or dispatchers involved are admitting to any wrongdoing. The city will pay $3 million this year and $3 million in 2017.

The settlement must be approved by a Cuyahoga County Probate Court judge before it is final.

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Shrleriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/25/2016 12:42 PM

Six Million??? That's ridiculous. If it had been a white kid who'd pulled a gun on the cop and got himself shot, would there have been such a fuss about it??? NO. From everything I've seen on this case, the shooting was justified.

kevcopAz @ 4/26/2016 12:47 PM

Agreed the amount is way out of line. Based upon the facts as I have understood them the officer did nothing illegal or out of policy. Perhaps tactics were poor and forced him into the position to have to decide he was faced with lethal force. Remember poor tactics get us LEOs in many shootings that are really not necessary by placing us in a untenable situation or position. Good tactics have saved not only our selves but saved us from having to shoot since we had better cover, concealment, distance etc. Now, if the officer was cleared legally I assume the department is liable due to the dispatcher not having relayed that the "caller who was drinking" said "didn't think it was a real gun" is the problem. I agree that the city has some responsibility, if that info was given to the officer this probably would not have taken place.True we Eos always have to take for granted the if int "looks like a weapon, its a weapon until we find out differently". But we all know that fore warned

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