As Twitchy reported, the City of Cleveland has reached a settlement where it will pay the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot and killed by a trainee police officer, $6 million over two years. As part of the settlement, the city admits no fault in Rice’s death.

Also today, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association issued a statement to the media expressing its hope that the Rice family would use some of the $6 million “to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms.”

Too soon?

The death of a child is tragic, and the timing and content of the CPPA’s letter is highly questionable, but rarely mentioned in media reports is the claim that the friend who traded the air pistol to Rice told police that the gun had malfunctioned, and after taking it apart and reassembling it, he was unable to get the “orange tip” (a highly visible indicator that the gun was a toy) back on. Someone should step up and teach children, if nothing else, not to tamper with that safety tip.