Tamir Rice estate settlement approved by probate court

CLEVELAND - Following a 2 p.m. hearing in Cuyahoga County Probate Court Wednesday, the court filed an "...entry approving settlement and distribution of wrongful death and survival claims," according to court records, in the Tamir Rice estate case.

Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo approved the settlement that had been reached through an April 1, 2016 mediation held by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster and filed April 25, 2016. That mediation was a $6 million settlement with the City of Cleveland.

Terms of the Settlement

The City of Cleveland is to pay the $6 million, $3 million in 2016 and $3 million in 2017, according to federal court records.

The estate of Tamir Rice will receive $5.5 million, the claims of Samaria Rice will receive $250,000 and the claims of Tajai Rice -- Tamir's sister -- will receive $250,000.

Part of the settlement reached in federal court was that there would be no admission of wrongdoing.

Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed on Nov. 22, 2014 outside the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann.

Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback were responding to a call of a man waving a gun around near the gazebo outside Cudell. They arrived to find Tamir outside the gazebo and Loehmann shot him.

It was discovered that Tamir Rice had been waving around an airsoft pellet gun.

In December 2015, a grand jury was convened and ultimately declined to indict Loehmann or Garmback.

 

 


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