Eighteen months after a Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice at a public park, the slain boy’s family has reached a $6 million settlement with the city.
Cleveland.com reports that Rice’s mother and sister will each receive $250,000, while the rest of the money will go toward his estate over the course of the next two years. However, the settlement does not indicate that either of the officers involved have admitted to any wrongdoing.
“In a situation such as this, there is no such thing as closure of justice,” attorneys for the Rice family said a statement. “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.”
Rice was shot November 22, 2014 while playing with a toy gun at a public park. Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, responding to reports that there was an individual waving a gun around at bystanders, arrived on the scene and, within two seconds, Loehmann opened fire, fatally wounding Rice.
In December, a grand jury declined to indict either officer for Rice’s death.
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