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Settlement Announced Between Cleveland and Rice Family
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Tamir Rice

Summary: The family of Tamir Rice will receive $6 million from the city of Cleveland for the shooting death of the twelve-year-old by police two years.

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was fatally shot by Cleveland police two years ago. His family has finally reached a settlement with the city for the amount of $6 million.

  
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Read Grand Jury Will Not Seek Charges Against Cleveland Cop to learn more.

Cleveland is the latest major American city to pay seven-figure amounts to the families of African-American killed by police. The settlement will prevent the city from facing a federal civil rights trial that would have put the case back into the spotlight and create more trouble for the police. The city could also have been forced to pay a larger amount with a trial.

See Legal Experts: Grand Jury Did What Prosecutor Wanted in Eric Garner Case.

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The settlement is the largest in the city’s history for a police-related civil lawsuit. The terms of the settlement does not mean the city is admitting any wrongdoing. The settlement is in line with settlements in other cities such as New York for Eric Garner’s death and in Baltimore for Freddie Gray’s death. A probate court must still approve the settlement.

The Rice family had sought for criminal charges against the officer that shot Rice. The grand jury decision last year to not indict office Timothy Loehmann will not be affected.



Read Trial for Baltimore Cop in Freddie Gray Case Ends as a Mistrial.

Rice had been holding a realistic-looking pellet gun. The message relayed to the officer was of a male with a weapon, missing the key detail that he was a juvenile and the weapon was probably fake. Based on the information given to the officers involved, the grand jury decided they were justified in their actions.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/us/tamir-rice-family-cleveland-settlement.html?_r=0

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