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Boy’s Family in US Police Shooting Settles for $6M

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Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by а Cleveland police officer, speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 8, 2014.

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by а Cleveland police officer, speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 8, 2014.

The family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African American boy whose fatal shooting in 2014 by a white Cleveland, Ohio, police officer sparked national outrage and unrest, will receive a $6 million settlement.

Family attorney Subodh Chandra said the settlement "is nothing to celebrate, because a 12-year-old boy lost his life."

The suit alleged police acted recklessly when officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice within two seconds of arriving at the scene in a car.

The Rice family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cleveland and the police officers and other personnel involved in the response to a 911 phone call from a man near a recreation center. The caller reported a man, "probably a juvenile, was pointing a weapon at people that was probably fake."

Police were only given a report of a male with a weapon. Rice had a plastic Airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets.

In an order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, the city does not admit to any wrongdoing.

Loehmann and the other officers had asked the court to drop the lawsuit. Loehmann's lawyer maintained his client is burdened with having to live with the shooting.

During the investigation, it was revealed Loehmann had resigned from another Ohio police department after displaying "loss of composure" during gun-training exercises.

Rice's shooting death is one of several fatal shootings of African Americans by white police officers in recent years that have sparked protests across the United States.

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