$500 bill sent to Tamir Rice’s estate for EMS services


CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland is asking Tamir Rice’s estate to pay $500 for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot by a police officer.

The city requested the money as the 12-year-old boy’s “last dying expense” in a creditor’s claim filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Probate Court. The claim states the money is overdue.  

A Rice family attorney calls the claim “callous and insensitive.” Rice, who was black, was shot by a white officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in November 2014. A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer or his partner for the shooting.

A Cleveland police union president calls the city’s claim “unconscionable.” City spokesmen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.


4 thoughts on “$500 bill sent to Tamir Rice’s estate for EMS services

  1. A young man didn’t ask to be shot by police. That is a service the City provides for free. But you have to pay for the ambulance ride to the hospital.

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