US city to pay 6 million dollars after 12-year-old killed by police

The US city of Cleveland, Ohio, will pay 6 million dollars to the family of a 12-year-old African American boy shot and killed by police in 2014, according to a settlement announced Monday.

Tamir Rice was playing in a park with an air pistol that police mistook for a real firearm when a trainee police officer shot Rice almost immediately upon arriving at the scene.

The city admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, but will pay 3 million dollars to the family this year and an additional 3 million dollars next year. The agreement is still subject to approval by another court.

Rice's family said in a statement by their lawyers that the settlement did not bring "closure or justice." They said that police violence against minorities remains "a crisis plaguing our nation" and expressed the hope that his death would spur change.

"Although historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life. Tamir was 12 years old when police shot and killed him, a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise," the lawyers said.

Rice's family had accused the city of negligence in the case. A man who called police about Rice had questioned whether the gun was real or a toy, but that information was not conveyed to police responding to the call. 

In December, a grand jury declined to indict two officers in Rice's November 2014 shooting death, which the prosecutor called a "perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunication."

Rice's death was among a series of high-profile police shootings of unarmed African American men that prompted protests and widespread scrutiny of police practices.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25
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