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Tamir Rice shooting: Cleveland to pay $6 million to settle lawsuit

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 10:13:47-04

CLEVELAND, Oh. – The city of Cleveland will pay $6 million to settle the federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by police gunfire while he held a pellet gun, according to a settlement announced Monday in U.S. District Court.

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Tamir Rice

According to terms of the settlement, the city acknowledges no fault in Tamir’s November 2014 death.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, a trainee, shot Tamir moments after arriving in response to a call. The boy was pulling out what was later found to be a toy gun when he was shot.

In December, a grand jury declined to indict Loehmann or his trainer, Officer Frank Garmback, in Tamir’s death. The grand jury concluded that the shooting was a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications” but not a criminal act, prosecutor Tim McGinty said at the time.