I-TEAM: settlement near in Tamir Rice civil lawsuit


12-year-old Tamir Rice

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CLEVELAND - Multiple sources tell the FOX 8 I-TEAM a possible settlement could be near in the civil lawsuit over the Cleveland Police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

No deal has been filed. And no one close to the case would speak on the record. However, those with knowledge of what’s happening with the suit say discussions have been moving forward.

Cleveland Police shot and killed Tamir Rice outside Cudell Rec Center in November, 2014. Police said he had an airsoft pistol that looked much more powerful, and he reached for it. A 9-1-1 caller said the gun may be fake. But a dispatcher never told that to officers responding to the scene. Last December, the county prosecutor announced no criminal charges would be issued against the officers.

However, still pending, a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Tamir Rice’s mother against police and the city.

Federal court records show, weeks ago, the parties told a judge  that “Alternative Dispute Resolution would be helpful.” The I-TEAM checked in with the judge overseeing settlement talks, but the court is not giving any updates.

Multiple sources have also told the I-TEAM of a possible dollar amount for a settlement floating around the police department. That amount would be higher than the $3 million dollar settlement awarded to the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. They were shot and killed by Cleveland Police after a long chase in 2012. However, again, nothing in the Rice case has been finalized.

Cleveland’s mayor has spoken of city budget problems and a possible tax increase for next year. And in budget presentations, the mayor has referred to many factors including “possible legal settlements.”

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