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. […]
[Large paragraph enumerating recent high-profile police killings and their settlements.]
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.