The family of Tamir Rice, an unarmed 12-year-old Cleveland kid who was shot by police after they mistook his air pistol for a real weapon, has agreed to a $6 million settlement with the city. The family filed a federal lawsuit for the 2014 death of the African American child, which sparked outrage and protests claiming racism.
The settlement is pending approval of a Cuyahoga County Probate Court judge and will require no admission of wrongdoing by the Cleveland Police Department nor the two officers involved in the shooting.
If approved, the settlement will be the largest in that city's history and in line with other recent suits claiming wrongful deaths of black citizens at the hands of white police officers. Money will be distributed in two payments of $3 million over two years, beginning this year. Tamir Rice's estate will receive the bulk of the money—$5.5 million—with the remaining half million going to his mother, Samaria Rice, and his sister, Tajai Rice. Each will receive $250,000, according to Cleveland.com.
The tween died on Nov. 23, 2014, when Officer Timothy Loehmann shot him outside a local recreation center. At the time, Tamir was playing with an airsoft pellet gun. Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, had responded to a dispatcher's report about a man with a gun.
The county sheriff's department investigated the two police officers but on recommendation of then-Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, a grand jury did not charge either one.
Photograph: Samaria Rice