A settlement has been made for the 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot in Cleveland by police on November 22, 2014.
The city of Cleveland will pay his family $6 million to settle the federal lawsuit. Tamir’s relatives argue that the city was negligent on the case after acknowledging no fault in the child’s death.
A trainee officer responded after a 911 caller reported someone displaying what seemed to be a toy gun in a city park. Officer Timothy Loehmann shot the child two seconds after arriving to the scene according to police.
Tamir was shot once in the torso and did not receive any initial first aid after being shot by the officer. He died on the following day and his gun was later found to be an Airsoft replica that lacked orange safety features.
The grand jury concluded the shooting was a common mistake but not a criminal act. The family feels dispatchers should have notified the officers the gun was likely a toy before they approached the scene so aggressively.
The city late apologized for the child’s death and agreed to pay the family’s settlement according to the court filed documents.