The city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million, in two yearly installments, to settle a federal lawsuit over the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a police officer.
The city will pay $3 million to Rice’s family this year, with another $3 million in 2017, a court filing in U.S. District Court in Cleveland revealed Monday. According to terms of the one-page agreement, most of the money will be allocated to Rice’s estate, while Rice’s mother and sister will each receive $250,000.
There also won’t be any admission of wrongdoing, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster wrote in the settlement.
Cleveland police officers Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback responded to reports of a man waving a gun at a local park on Nov. 22, 2014. Video footage of the confrontation showed the squad car stopping at the scene and Loehmann opening firing on Rice within two seconds of exiting the car. Rice was playing with a toy gun.
Rice didn’t receive medical attention until nearly four minutes later. He died the following day. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Rice’s family alleged excessive and unnecessary force against the boy.
Video by Cleveland.com
“Although historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life,” attorneys for Rice’s family said in a statement, obtained by The Washington Post. “Tamir was 12 years old when he was shot and killed by police — a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise. In a situation such as this, there is no such thing as closure or justice. Nothing will bring Tamir back.”
In December, a grand jury declined to bring charges against the officers involved in the shooting. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty called the encounter a “perfect storm of human error.” A federal investigation of the case is still pending.
The payout from the Rice settlement is similar to other agreements in other high-profile police brutality cases. In November, the city of Chicago agreed to pay $5 million over the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. In September, the city of Baltimore approved a $6.4 million settlement in the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.