CLEVELAND (AP) – The city of Cleveland has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun.
An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Monday says the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next.
The wrongful death suit against two officers and the city alleged the officers acted recklessly when they confronted the boy in November 2014.
Video of the encounter shows a rookie patrolman firing in an instant as the cruiser driven by his training officer skids to a stop.
The officers had asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. A grand jury declined to bring charges against them.
The ACLU of Ohio issued the following statement regarding the settlement:
Settlements are no substitute for the reforms so desperately needed in Cleveland,” said Christine Link, executive director of the ACLU of Ohio. “Until we see major reforms at all levels of the criminal justice system, people in Cleveland and across the country will continue to watch this same story unfold again and again.”
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