Mom responds after Cleveland filing blames boy for his death

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Samaria Rice, center, speaks about the investigation into the death of her son Tamir Rice, at a news conference with attorneys Walter Madison, left, and Benjamin Crump in Cleveland. The death of the12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police was the result of his own actions, and the city of Cleveland isn’t to blame, its lawyers said in response to a federal lawsuit by the family of the child. An officer responding to a call about someone with a firearm shot the boy on Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was fatally shot by Cleveland police will discuss the city’s response to the family’s federal lawsuit.

Tamir Rice’s mother and her attorneys planned a news conference Tuesday. It comes a day after Mayor Frank Jackson apologized for wording in a court document in which the city said the boy died as a result of his own actions.

Jackson says Cleveland’s response was poorly worded and offensive, and the city will modify the wording of its defense.

Family attorney Walter Madison tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group that Tamir’s mother was emotionally shattered by the city’s response but accepted the mayor’s apology.

Tamir was shot Nov. 22 as officers responded to a call about someone with a firearm.

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