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CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of a Cleveland police union said the family of a 12-year-old black boy shot dead by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun should use money from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the dangers of handling real and replica firearms, while an attorney representing the boy’s family blasted the comments.

“Something positive must come from this tragic loss,” said Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm,” he said.

The statement came hours after the city announced a settlement Monday in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice.

An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next. There was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.

“We have maintained from the onset this has been an absolute tragedy for the Rice family as well as our involved officers and their families,” Loomis said.

Family attorney Subodh Chandra sharply criticized Loomis’ response.

“Anyone has ever wondered whether ‘tone deafness’ is a real thing need look no further than the police union leadership,” Chandra said in a statement.

He said Loomis’ comments managed to “blame the victim, equate the loss of life of a 12-year-old child with officers facing public scrutiny for killing that child and demand money from the victim’s family.”

The wrongful death suit filed by Rice’s family and estate against the city and officers and dispatchers who were involved alleged police acted recklessly when they confronted the boy outside a recreation center on Nov. 22, 2014.

Video of the encounter shows a cruiser skidding to a stop and rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann firing within two seconds of opening the car door. Tamir wasn’t given first aid until about four minutes later, when an FBI agent trained as a paramedic arrived. The boy died the next day.

In the Rice family lawsuit, Samaria Rice had alleged that police failed to immediately provide first aid for her son and caused intentional infliction of emotional distress in how they treated her and her daughter after the shooting.

The officers had asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Loehmann’s attorney has said he bears a heavy burden and must live with what happened.

Tamir’s estate has been assigned $5.5 million of the settlement. A Cuyahoga County probate judge will decide how the amount will be divided. Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, will receive $250,000. Claims against Tamir’s estate account for the remaining $250,000. Tamir’s father, Leonard Warner, was dismissed in February as a party to the lawsuit.

Chandra said the Rice family remains in mourning over Tamir’s death.

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15 thoughts on “Police Union Says Tamir Rice Settlement Money Should Help Educate Kids

  1. BRU3204 on said:

    Only the prayers of the people of God are keeping the Lord from returning with his reward by praying that this country come to repentance before it’s toooo late.
    To continually kill innocent black men, women and children at every turn with no regard for their lives is truly saddening, and witnessing “devils”like “lawrence” trolling our site and posting hate and foolishness is something that is going to be dealt with!!!!!!!

  2. BRU3204 on said:

    When you make heroes out of child killers (Bro. Tamirs executioners, Trayvons executioner, Emmitt Tills executioners, and soooooo many more that i cannot begin to list) something is truly wrong with you as a nation and as a people, and “ONLY GOD” has the answer!!!!!!
    I could not fathom killing anyones kid regardless of color(white, black, hispanic, latino, arabic,asian, russian whatever).
    But to be made a hero afterwards is truly unconscionable!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. BRU3204 on said:

    You hypocrite!!! sending your ambassador to the floor of the U.N. seeking to gather member nation approval to pass a resolution condemning a nation for it’s treatment of it’s people when you still refuse to treat my black brothers and sisters and myself with an sense of humanity!!!!
    When will you be called to the floor of the U.N. to answer for your mistreatment of us!!!!!!!
    Your day is coming devil “repent “

  4. BRU3204 on said:

    I read the earlier statement posted by a “devil” hiding behind the name of lawrence and was saddened to the core.
    I can tell that you do not believe in our Lord Jesus Christ by your statement condoning the senseless execution of a child by overseers(officers)blaming an innocent child playing on the playground and not bothering anyone.
    Blaming his mother (for some strange reason blaming everyone but the cops)
    Devil your day is coming and it’s called the “judgement day” “the rapture”
    see YOU there✌🏿️🙏🏿🙏🏿

  5. As enticing the $$$ are, perhaps the Rice family should’ve insisted on an admission of guilt by the Cleveland PD and the City on this settlement. I’m inclined to believe Tamir’s family actually wanted that but the attorneys representing them likely stated that such an admission would never occur with a settlement offer. This aspect of the case, as well as similar cases involving Black victims should be the subject matter of a news story by CNN or better yet NEWSONE…Maybe Roland Martin will examine this sometime and pose the question of “If or When should a settlement agreement be accepted…and more importantly, UNDER WHAT TERMS”….

    • Lawrence on said:

      What Rice Family? Single black mother with multiple kids from multiple men. That’s our version of a family? This woman was all about the money. If she truly cared about Tamir’s life, she would not led a life of crime herself and raised him to be accountable for his actions.

      • RENO2AC on said:

        A child is dead. PERIOD. Does not matter what his mother has or has not done. A child is DEAD.

  6. The Cleveland PD Union needs to mind their damn business.

    It is none of their concern how the Rice family may choose to use the recent settlement they received for the MURDER of Tamir Rice!!!!!

    How about this Cleveland PIGS—send your cops back to the academy so they can recognize a plastic toy gun from a real one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This would prevent another senseless shooting of another young man of color.

      • It’s tragic all the way around. I’ll bet you the policeman gets his job back or if he no longer works in Cleveland, he’ll get another police job somewhere.

  7. Honestly on said:

    F*uck the lying, racist and murderous police. These animals with badges will be put down. The should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

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