Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:00

Cleveland Files $500 Claim Against Tamir Rice’s Family For “Last Dying Expense”

Written by Claudia Koerner | Buzzfeed

The 12-year-old boy died at a hospital, where he was taken by ambulance after he was shot by a police officer. The city of Cleveland wants Tamir Rice’s family to pay for his “last dying expense” — a $500 ambulance ride to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer in November 2014 while he was playing with a toy gun at a park. His death sparked widespread protests, but a grand jury declined to file criminal charges.

Paramedics responded shortly after the shooting, and Rice was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died hours after going into surgery.

According to court documents filed Wednesday, Cleveland is seeking $450 for the advanced life support Rice received while in the ambulance, plus $50 to cover mileage.

The claim was made in probate court under a state law covering debt collection of those who have died.

In a statement, attorneys for Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, said the family is disturbed by the new claim.

“The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill after its own police officers killed a 12-year-old child is breathtaking. This adds insult to homicide. Ms. Rice considers this harassment.”

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