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Tamir Rice’s family to receive multimillion dollar settlement

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The city of Cleveland has settled a lawsuit brought by the family of Tamir Rice, a 12, shot and killed by a city police officer in November 2014.

Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice while he was playing with an airsoft pellet gun outside Cudell Recreation Center on West Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio, after receiving a 911 call that someone was playing with a gun.

Rolling out reported in November 2014:

Following a 911 call, police arrived at Cudell Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The caller told the dispatcher he saw a man, wearing a camo hat and a gray jacket, waving a gun around.

The caller says: “The guy keeps pulling it out. It’s probably fake, but you know what, he’s scaring the s*** out of (inaudible). He’s sitting on the swing right now, but he keeps pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people. Probably a juvenile, you know. I don’t know if it’s real or not, you know?”

In December 2015, we reported: Jury declines to indict White police officer who killed Tamir Rice. According to prosecutor Tim McGinty, the shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun was justified under the law. “The evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police.”

A lawsuit was filed by Rice’s family two weeks after his death on November 23, 2014.

Today, April 25, 2016, a 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. Neither the city nor the officers or dispatchers involved will admit to any wrongdoing. The city will pay $3 million this year and $3 million in 2017.

It’s not quite over yet because it must be approved by a Cuyahoga County Probate Court judge before it is finalized.

1 Comment

  1. sugarntasty on January 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Ms.Rice you have my condolence of your,beloved son I’m critical. Your settlement where funds derived from,Mayor Jackson don’t call him Ed Lee of San Francisco. Difference Frank bought prosperity to economics trying,establish “technology and diversity of industries yes. Police dept was
    decadent upon harsh reaction,enough Ms.Rice your homeless during crime what happen to housing? Now $6 million allot without fund manager don’t say racism Cleveland Blacks are middle class,Ohio earnestly devising economic plans. Trade residents trade industries anyhow angered the settlement, Ohio typical state not to late redevelop industries. Law schools,engineering and business diversity is abundant ratio of middle class business savvy Blacks. Frank seeking 4th term? mayor time for term limits anyhow Ms.Rice shall enroll higher education. Live show exposing bias civil actions of police,before say all what about gangs Democratic machine. Which cause disparity Ms.Rice concern, why child playing with toy guns doesn’t matter? Would matter if gang member shot him? Darrell Brown,Tracey Nicols,Freddy Collier and Valarie McCall any suggestions encouragement solidarity is needed!