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On November 22nd of last year 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot to death by a police officer, and now his family is filing a lawsuit for wrongful death.

NBC News reports:

The Rice family’s lawyers had filed their case initially in federal court last December, a brief eight-page document. On Friday, with a new legal team including Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the Rice family filed a 65-page document charging at least 27 different allegations.

Their claims ranging from excessive force by the two officers who encountered Rice, Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann, to negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and deliberate indifference to a serious medical need.

The surveillance video shows the officers shooting at Rice within seconds of approaching him. Police later found out it was a toy gun and not an official handgun.

The site continues:

The new lawsuit by the Rice’s parents claims Tamir’s 14-year-old sister, identified only as T.R. in the documents, arrived “within one minute,” of the shooting, screaming, “my baby brother, they killed my baby brother.” The family claims police tackled her to the ground as she approached, handcuffed her and put her in the backseat of a police car, “providing her with a window view from the back seat where she could watch 12-year-old Tamir dying.”

Lawyers say the process won’t begin till March or April, and they’re skeptical after the outcome of the Michael Brown case. We will keep you informed in this developing story.


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