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Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland

City agrees to settle federal lawsuit over boy's shooting

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland will pay the family of Tamir Rice $6 million over the boy's fatal shooting in 2014, reports CNN . The payment settles a federal lawsuit filed by the family after a trainee police officer shot and killed Tamir at a city park. Under the settlement—Tamir'... More »

Black-ish Nails Episode on Police Brutality

Positive reactions flooding in

(Newser) - On Wednesday night, ABC's Black-ish aired a ripped-from-the-headlines show that some might call a "very special episode." The entire half-hour featured the sitcom family sitting in the living room watching the news to see if a police officer would be indicted in a police brutality case. The... More »

Cleveland Mayor Apologizes for Ambulance Bill Sent to Tamir Rice

It was apparently a miscommunication

(Newser) - Cleveland is sorry for sending an ambulance bill to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old fatally shot by a city police officer while he held a pellet gun. After news broke of the $500 claim filed against Rice's estate, Mayor Frank Jackson apologized Thursday, Cleveland 19 reports. The... More »

Cleveland Billed Tamir Rice for His Ambulance Ride

Cleveland seeks $500 from 12-year-old's estate

(Newser) - In a move that the family's lawyer says "adds insult to homicide," Cleveland has billed a 12-year-old boy for the ambulance he was placed in after being fatally shot by a city police officer. The $500 claim filed against the estate of Tamir Rice on Wednesday includes... More »

If Tamir Rice Were White, He'd Be Alive

'NYT' editorial board says case shows 'utter disregard' for black lives

(Newser) - "Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country." That's the assertion put forth by the New York Times editorial board as it argues that the entire case... More »

Tamir's Family Has Strong Words for Prosecutor

They accuse Tim McGinty of 'abusing' grand jury

(Newser) - A grand jury on Monday declined to indict a white police officer in the killing of Tamir Rice, and now his family has a few words about the case. In a statement, Tamir's family says it was "saddened and disappointed by this outcome—but not surprised." It... More »

Cops Won't Face Charges in Shooting of Tamir Rice

Grand jury opts not to indict

(Newser) - A grand jury has declined to indict a rookie Cleveland police officer or his partner for their roles in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice , a black youngster who was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun. Patrolman Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir Rice seconds after a... More »

Expert: Tamir Rice Had Hands in Pockets When Shot by Cop

Expert also found he was shot less than one second after cop opened his car door

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police last year had his hands in his pockets when he was shot and wasn't reaching for the pellet gun he was carrying, according to an expert hired by the boy's family to review a frame-by-frame video of the deadly encounter. Tamir... More »

Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Tells His Story

'The threat ... was real and active,' says Timothy Loehmann

(Newser) - The two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice are telling their side of the story for the first time. In two statements, officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback say they were investigating a report of a "guy with a gun" in a park outside... More »

Tamir Rice Shooting Justified: Reports

Cop acted reasonably, given what he knew in the situation

(Newser) - The death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of a Cleveland police officer "was tragic and, indeed, when one considers his age, heartbreaking," but it was justified given what Officer Timothy Loehmann knew at the time of the shooting, independent inquiries have found. "Officer Loehmann's... More »

Judge: Cops in Tamir Rice Case Should Be Charged

But he doesn't have the authority to make it happen.

(Newser) - A judge said today that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland—a move the AP calls a "largely symbolic" ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine ruled there's... More »

Little-Used Ohio Law Invoked in Tamir Rice Case

Frustrated activists want to bypass prosecutors

(Newser) - It has been more than six months since a rookie cop shot a 12-year-old boy to death in Cleveland—and community leaders are tired of waiting for prosecutors to act. They plan to use a little-known and little-used Ohio law to go directly to a judge to have the officers... More »

Cleveland: Tamir Rice Death 'Directly Caused by Own Acts'

City has 20 answers for family's wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland has responded to Tamir Rice's family's wrongful death lawsuit, and in it the city contends that the 12-year-old's death and the family's suffering "were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant." It further faults Tamir, who... More »

Cleveland Cops Tackled, Cuffed Dying Boy's Sister

They made no attempt to help Tamir Rice

(Newser) - A lawyer for Tamir Rice 's family calls it the cruelest thing he's ever seen. In newly released surveillance video, two Cleveland police officers can be seen pushing the boy's 14-year-old sister to the ground as she tried to run to her brother's side just 90... More »

Police Union Head Calls NFL Player's Shirt 'Pathetic'

Jeff Follmer says Browns' Andrew Hawkins should apologize for Tamir Rice shirt

(Newser) - The president of the Cleveland police union is disgruntled at the latest sartorial protest in the shooting deaths of unarmed black individuals by police. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins sported a shirt that read "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III " before the Browns' game against... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

Cop Who Shot Cleveland Boy 'Dismal' in Gun Training

He couldn't follow simple directions, chief wrote

(Newser) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice was considered a major liability in his previous police job—but Cleveland never looked at his file. When Tim Loehmann was an officer in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, the deputy chief wrote that he seemed "distracted" and "... More »

Boy's Shooting Death Didn't Have to Happen: Family

Police who confronted Tamir Rice 'reacted quickly,' family statement says

(Newser) - Tamir Rice could have, and should have, come home on Saturday after a day in the park. That's the belief of his family, which issued a statement yesterday about his death after a video of the 12-year-old being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer was made public yesterday,... More »

Video: Cleveland Boy Shot Seconds After Police Arrive

Authorities say officer told Tamir Rice 3 times to show his hands as car approached

(Newser) - Cleveland police today released surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, and it shows that Tamir Rice got shot within seconds of the arrival of a police car. One officer exited the vehicle and shot the youth "immediately," reports the Plain Dealer , while a... More »

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio... More »

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