The city of Cleveland seem to be the masters of making a bad situation worse, this after officials sent the grieving family of slain boy Tamir Rice a bill for his emergency ambulance ride. The city wants the family to pay a $450 bill, plus $50 for miles, even though city officers gunned Rice down.
As reported by WKYC, the city wants the Tamir Rice estate to pay up for what it’s calling “advanced life support” and transport of the dying boy to a local hospital. Rice, who was shot and killed by Officer Timothy Loehmann in November 2014, was just 12 at the time of the incident. The bill was filed with Cuyahoga County Probate Court on Wednesday, prompting a response from the family’s attorney.
Assistant Law Director Carl Meyer filed the creditor’s claim in Cuyahoga County Probate Court on Wednesday.
The city is asking to be reimbursed for the emergency services Rice received, including “ambulance advance life support” and mileage, according to the claim.
Rice was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center on Nov. 22, 2014, after he was shot by a city police officer. Rice was holding a pellet gun. He died the next day.
“The Rice family is disturbed by the city’s behavior,” Subodh Chandra, the Rice family attorney, wrote in a statement. “The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill—its own police officers having slain 12-year-old Tamir—is breathtaking. This adds insult to homicide. The Rice family considers this a form of harassment.”
Watch WKYC’s video report in the clip below.