The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association penned a statement to the media Monday, expressing a hope that the family of Tamir Rice will use a portion of their $6 million settlement with the city to educate children about the dangers of using toys that look like real guns.
We can only hope the Rice family and their attorneys will use a portion of this settlement to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms. Something positive must come from this tragic loss. That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm.
The statement came just hours after Rice’s family reached a settlement in their wrongful death suit with the city. Mediaite’s Alex Griswold wrote: “Under the terms of the settlement, $5.5 million will go to Rice’s estate, and half a million will go to his surviving family members. None of the police officers or dispatchers will have to admit any wrongdoing.”
Rice was shot by Cleveland Police officer Timothy Loehmann in Nov. 2014 while playing with a toy gun with the orange cap removed. An Ohio grand jury declined to press charges in Dec. 2015, after which the family moved forward with its wrongful death suit.
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