The Latest: Police say Tamir Rice's kin should educate kids

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Posted: Apr 25, 2016 11:15 PM
The Latest: Police say Tamir Rice's kin should educate kids

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the $6 million settlement between Cleveland and the family of 12-year-old police shooting victim Tamir Rice (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

The president of a Cleveland police union says the family of a 12-year-old black boy shot dead by an officer while holding a pellet gun should use part of a $6 million settlement to educate children about the dangers of handling real and replica firearms.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Steve Loomis said Monday something positive must come from the "tragic loss" of Tamir (tuh-MEER') Rice.

Tamir was shot by a white rookie officer outside a recreation center in 2014. His killing raised questions about how police treat blacks and spurred protests around the city.

A wrongful-death lawsuit alleged the officer and his partner acted recklessly. The officers asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. A grand jury declined to bring charges against them.

The city reached the settlement with Tamir's family. It will pay $3 million this year and $3 million next year.

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2:50 p.m.

The mayor of Cleveland says no price can be put on a child's life while discussing the city's $6 million settlement with the family of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old black boy was fatally shot by a white rookie police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in 2014.

A somber Frank Jackson also said Monday that the shooting "should not have happened." He did not elaborate. Jackson also acknowledged the difficulties faced by the Rice family.

Jackson says a use-of-force committee will recommend whether the two officers involved in the shooting should be disciplined by the city. A grand jury decided in December that the rookie officer, Timothy Loehmann, and his training officer, Frank Garmback, should not face criminal charges.

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9:34 p.m.

The city of Cleveland has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun.

An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Monday says the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next.

The wrongful death suit against two officers and the city alleged the officers acted recklessly when they confronted the boy in November 2014.

Video of the encounter shows a rookie patrolman firing in an instant as the cruiser driven by his training officer skids to a stop.

The officers had asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. A grand jury declined to bring charges against them.