Cleveland Billed Tamir Rice for His Ambulance Ride

Cleveland seeks $500 from 12-year-old's estate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2016 3:21 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2016 4:33 AM CST
Boy Killed by Cop Billed for Ambulance Ride
This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Richardson & Kucharski Co., LPA)

In a move that the family's lawyer says "adds insult to homicide," Cleveland has billed a 12-year-old boy for the ambulance he was placed in after being fatally shot by a city police officer. The $500 claim filed against the estate of Tamir Rice on Wednesday includes $450 for "ambulance advance life support" and $10 for mileage, reports Tamir, who was seen playing with a pellet gun in a city park, was shot seconds after police arrived at the scene on Nov. 22, 2014. In December, a grand jury decided not to indict rookie cop Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shot, or his partner. After the shooting, police handcuffed Rice's sister but made no attempt to offer first aid to the wounded boy.

"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," attorney Subodh Chandra said in an emailed statement. "This adds insult to homicide." The chief of the Cleveland police union has supported the officers, but he seems as disgusted as anybody by the city's legal action. "Subodh Chandra and I have never agreed on anything until now," Steve Loomis tells Fox 8 Cleveland. "It is unconscionable that the City of Cleveland would send that bill to the Rice family. Truly disappointing but unfortunately not surprising." The city says it doesn't comment on ongoing litigation. (Read more Tamir Rice stories.)

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