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Funds Raised After Killing of Cleveland Boy in Trusteeship

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 10:06 AM

Following the shooting death of Tamir Rice by police officers outside of a Cleveland-area recreation center, activists and supporters launched an online campaign that raised $60,000, but the bulk of those funds remains in a trusteeship set up by the courts, while the 12-year-old's mother now lives in a homeless shelter, reports The Washington Post.

According to the paper, $23,700 was used to pay two of the family's attorneys, who have since been replaced by Benjamin Crump, the high-profile lawyer who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, and smaller sums have been used to pay for funeral costs and securing Rice's body.

Doug Winston, the court-appointed trustee of the estate, told the paper there is approximately $23,000 remaining in the account but it is inaccessible to the family.

"Technically it’s not their money, it’s the estate’s money. Distributions from the assets of an estate have to meet specific guidelines, so to say that they would have free disposal to the money in this account would be inaccurate," Winston told Post reporter Wesley Lowery.

For months, the family has agreed to hold off on filing a lawsuit against the city of Cleveland until an investigation into the Nov. 22 death of their son is concluded. Videotape captured a Cleveland police officer shooting Rice after he was seen waving a toy pistol, which the police were told by a caller to 911 was a real gun, according to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

But on Monday, the legal team filed court papers on behalf of the family saying further delaying the civil rights lawsuit would only result in more pain for the Rice family, particularly for his mother who is now living in a homeless shelter.

"This incident has also shattered the life of the Rice Family. In particular, Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice’s mother, has since been forced to move to a homeless shelter because she could no longer live next door to the killing field of her son," the lawyers argue in court papers.

"Because it is unknown whether there may need to be an additional medical examination; the body of Tamir Rice has not be put to rest. Tamir Rice not being finally laid to rest prevents emotional healing and incurs a daily expense," the filing continues.

"I want to know how long do I have to wait for justice?" Samaria Rice asked during a press conference Monday morning on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, reports The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

The consequences of delaying the lawsuit, whether emotional or financial, are well-known by the city, according to family attorney Walter Madison.

"The city of Cleveland knows that too. The delay incurs a daily $75 fee. To date, the outstanding expenses are $18k which at some point Samaria Rice would have to be obligated to pay. They talk nice and are apologetic but they are waging war of a different brand," said Madison in a text message sent to The Daily Kos.

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Following the shooting death of Tamir Rice by police officers outside of a Cleveland-area recreation center, activists and supporters launched an online campaign that raised $60,000, but the bulk of those funds remains in a trusteeship set up by the courts.
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