After 12 year old Tamir Rice was gunned down on November 22, 2014 by a city police officer, the city of Cleveland will pay his family $6 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. As part of the settlement, the city of Cleveland will not have to admit to any wrong doing in Tamir’s death. The family’s lawyer said in a statement “in a situation such as this, there is no such thing as closure or justice. 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.”
On the day of his death, Tamir was witnessed to be carrying a replica pellet gun near a recreation center. The police dispatcher was told by a 911 caller that the gun was ‘probably fake’ but this information was never relayed to the responding officers. Surveillance video shows responding officer, Timothy Loehmann getting out of his car and almost immediately shooting Tamir. In December 2015, officer Loehmann was cleared of all charges by a grand jury.
The Cayahoga County District Attorney Tim McGinty, said that the video showed “it is now indisputable that Tamir was drawing his gun from his waistband” but he also conceded that Tamir was either in the process of turning over the pellet gun to the officers or showing them that it wasn’t real.