Officials in Cleveland have agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was fatally shot by police officers while playing in a city park.
Despite the agreement, the city of Cleveland did not admit to any wrongdoing for the November 2014 shooting of Rice, who was playing with a pellet gun at the time he was gunned down by two police officers who began firing just seconds after they arrived on the scene.
The officers involved in the shooting were not charged in conjunction with Rice’s tragic death, and his family said the settlement is no substitute for justice.
“Nothing will bring Tamir back,” Jonathan S. Abady and Earl S. Ward, attorneys for the family, said. “His unnecessary and premature death leaves a gaping hole for those who knew and loved him that can never be filled.”
The Associated Press detailed the specifics of the settlement:
Tamir’s estate has been assigned $5.5 million of the settlement amount. A Cuyahoga County probate judge will decide how the amount will be divided. Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, will receive $250,000. Claims against Tamir’s estate account for the remaining $250,000. Tamir’s father, Leonard Warner, was dismissed in February as a party to the lawsuit.
During the announcement that he would not seek charges against the officers involved, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty called the shooting the “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day.” Many were angry with McGinty’s decision not to prosecute and he was defeated in Democratic primary back in March.