The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black youth fatally shot by a white police officer in a tragedy caught on video.
An order filed in federal court in Cleveland said the city will pay the family $3 million this year and another $3 million in 2017. There is no admission of wrongdoing, and the agreement still needs to be officially approved by the probate court.
The family’s lawyer, Subodh Chandra, released a statement saying the “historic” financial terms of the settlement can’t compensate for the loss of Tamir’s life.
“Regrettably, Tamir’s death is not an isolated event,” the statement said. “The problem of police violence, especially in communities of color, is a crisis plaguing our nation. It is the Rice family’s sincere hope that Tamir’s death will stimulate a movement for genuine change in our society and our nation’s policing so that no family ever has to suffer a tragedy such as this again.
Rice, 12, was fatally shot outside Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014. Last December a Cleveland grand jury declined to bring charges in the case. Rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann and his training officer, Frank Garmback, responded to a report about a man with a gun near a recreation center. A dispatcher did not tell them the caller thought it was probably a child with a fake gun.