(CLEVELAND) — The City of Cleveland, Ohio, will pay Tamir Rice’s family $6 million to settle a federal lawsuit over the boy’s 2014 shooting death, which involved Cleveland police, according to attorneys representing the Rice family.
The order, filed in a U.S. District Court in Cleveland, says the city will pay out $3 million to the family of the 12-year-old this year, and another $3 million next year.
“Although historic in financial terms,” read a statement from Rice family attorneys, “no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life.”
The statement continued, “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.”
The wrongful death lawsuit alleged two officers acted recklessly when the boy was shot while holding a pellet gun in November of 2014. A grand jury declined to bring charges against the two officers.
“Regrettably, Tamir’s death is not an isolated event. The problem of police violence, especially in communities of color, is a crisis plaguing our nation,” the Rice attorneys said in Monday’s statement. “It is the sincere hope of the Rice family that Tamir’s death will stimulate a movement for genuine change in our society and our nation’s policing so that no family ever has to suffer a tragedy such as this again.”
The settlement is awaiting approval by a Cuyahoga County Probate Court judge for finalization, Cleveland.com reports.
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