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‘Blood Money’: Cleveland agrees to pay $6M to family of Tamir Rice

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Tamir Rice, 12 years old, was gunned down by police while carrying fake firearm
Officers were not indicted, no charges brought
Two independent experts concluded the shooting was unjustified
‘This is wasted time and money …Considering that the Tamir Rice Grand Jury never voted whether or not to indict polices officers involved in the shooting, no amount of blood money is going to prevent similar incidents recurring.’
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Tamir Rice was carrying a fake firearm on Nov. 22, 2014 when he was gunned down in a park by Officer Timothy Loehmann.

The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy gunned down by police in November 2014, the Daily News has learned.Under the terms of the settlement, the city does not admit wrongdoing in the shooting.
Tamir was shot and killed by cops who responded to an inaccurate 911 report of a man waving a gun near a park playground.
The huge settlement is likely the largest that Cleveland has had to pay to settle a civil rights claim, one the largest settlements in recent years.
The boy’s mother, Samira, sued the city alleging that Cleveland police violated her son’s civil rights.
Tamir was carrying a fake firearm on Nov. 22, 2014 when he was gunned down in a park by Officer Timothy Loehmann, who opened fire less than a second after hopping out of his patrol car.

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Tamir Rice was carrying a fake firearm on Nov. 22, 2014 when he was gunned down in a park by Officer Timothy Loehmann.

The shooting of Tamir was set in motion when a 911 caller reported seeing a youth in a park with a gun that was “probably fake.” The dispatcher failed to tell the two responding officers those two key pieces of information.
A grainy surveillance video captured the officers arriving at the scene and Loehmann opening fire from mere feet away, striking Rice once in the chest

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Demonstrators rally following Tamir Rice’s shooting death.

Two independent experts concluded that the shooting was unjustified.
“Although it’s historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life,” said two of Tamir’s lawyers, Earl Ward and Jonathan Abady in a statement. “Tamir was 12 years old when he was shot and killed by police, a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise.”

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