The city of Cleveland is asking the estate of Tamir Rice to pay $500 for the 12-year-old’s “last dying expense.”
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.
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