Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland

City agrees to settle federal lawsuit over boy's shooting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2016 10:18 AM CDT
Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland
In this 2014 photo, a woman holds up a picture of Tamir Rice.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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's estate gets $5.5 million, and his mother and sister get $250,000 apiece—the city admits no wrongdoing. The payout is in line with similar cases, notes Cleveland.com, including the $5 million paid by Chicago over the Laquan McDonald shooting and the $6.4 million paid by Baltimore in the Freddie Gray shooting.

While the settlement is "historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life," say the Rice family attorneys in a statement. "In a situation such as this, there is no such thing as closure or justice. Nothing will bring Tamir back." The settlement doesn't resolve all the legal issues in the shooting. The Justice Department is investigating whether police violated Tamir's civil rights, though such cases are rarely brought because the threshold of proof is so high. (More Tamir Rice stories.)

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