|Ken Blaze / Reuters|
April 25, 2016 - OHIO, UNITED STATES - The city of Cleveland, Ohio will pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by police in 2014, based on a settlement agreement that allows the city to avoid a high-profile federal civil rights trial.
The agreement, which must still be approved by a probate court, was announced early Monday. The city of Cleveland does not admit any wrongdoing based on the terms of the settlement, according to reports.
Last year, a Cuyahoga County grand jury decided against indicting Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fired at Rice on November 22, 2014, outside a city recreation center.
A 911 call to police had reported a male holding a gun that was "probably fake." Rice had an Airsoft replica that lacked an orange safety feature that would have indicated it was not real.
|Tamir Rice. Family Photo via Richardson & Kucharski co. LPA / AFP|
Loehmann shot Rice almost immediately after exiting his squad car, claiming Rice had reached for his waistband.
Rice, shot once in the torso, was not offered first aid by the officers and died the following day.
Lawyers for Rice's family said Monday that "no amount of money can adequately compensate" for the boy's absence.
“In a situation like this, there’s no such thing as closure or justice,” attorneys Jonathan S. Abady and Earl S. Ward in a said statement, according to the New York Times.
“Nothing will bring Tamir back. His unnecessary and premature death leaves a gaping hole for those who knew and loved him that can never be filled.”