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High-Profile Police Killings, High-Profile Settlements (The Boston Globe)

SOURCE: The Boston Globe…

This week, the city of Cleveland paid $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot to death by a police officer in November 2014. As is often the case with such a payout, which settles a federal lawsuit filed by the family, the city acknowledges no fault.

None of these settlements are about justice or restitution; they’re about making damaging lawsuits go away. Even when officers are indicted, their actions are treated as aberrations, not evidence of deeper systemic or departmental failures.

Too many towns and cities nationwide would rather spend our tax dollars on big money payouts than in better training their police officers to operate in a manner that doesn’t end with more unarmed citizens dead.

 

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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