Tamir Rice: Cleveland to Pay $6M to Settle Family Lawsuit

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland is paying $6 million to Tamir Rice’s family to settle the federal lawsuit filed after the 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by police in November 2014.

The settlement was announced Monday in U.S. District Court. According to settlement terms,┬áthe city acknowledges no fault in Tamir’s death, which came after a 911 caller told of someone brandishing what appeared to be a toy gun in a city park.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, a trainee, shot Tamir moments after arriving in response to the call. Police said the boy was pulling out what was later found to be a toy gun when he was shot.

In this story

  • City doesn't acknowledge fault in the fatal 2014 shooting of 12-year-old boy
  • Tamir Rice's relatives argued the city was negligent
  • he city will pay half of the money this year, and half next year, according to a document filed in court.

In December, a grand jury declined to indict Loehmann or his trainer, Officer Frank Garmback, in Tamir’s death. The grand jury concluded that the shooting was a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications” but not a criminal act, prosecutor Tim McGinty said at the time.

The family’s January 2015 wrongful death lawsuit argued the city was negligent in Tamir’s death.

The city will pay half of the money this year, and half next year, according to a document filed in court.

A probate judge must still approve the settlement, according to the document.