In responding Friday to a wrongful death lawsuit
brought by lawyers for the Rice family, the city of Cleveland denied wholesale any culpability in Tamir's death.
The document is pretty much a paragraph-by-paragraph response to the family's lawsuit, with the city claiming lack of information "sufficient" to form an opinion on all manner of allegations. But when it comes to the Nov. 22 shooting and Tamir's actual death, the city is very clear.
Tamir died because he did not "exercise due care," according to the city. The answer marches in lock step with declarations
from police representatives and city leaders over the past three months. A litany of claims closes out the city's legal response, asserting that no civil rights were violated when Officer Timothy Loehmann shot the boy.
In short: "[The Rice family's] injuries, losses, and damages complained of, were directly and proximately caused by the acts of [Tamir Rice], not this Defendant." (Page 38)
Read the full response below.
An investigation led by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office remains in progress.
Reponse to #TamirRice Wrongful Death Lawsuit