City of Cleveland files claim against Tamir Rice’s family for unpaid EMS bill

CLEVELAND -An attorney for the family of Tamir Rice is outraged that the city sent a creditors claim against the estate of the 12-year-old and the Police Union President is equally upset.

The claim is for $500 for not paying for emergency medical services.

"The Rice family is disturbed by the city's behavior. The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill after its own police officers killed 12-year-old Tamir is breathtaking. This adds insult to homicide. Ms. Rice considers this harassment." said Attorney Subodh Chandra.

"Subodh Chandra and I have never agreed on anything until now.  It is unconscionable that the City of Cleveland would send that bill to the Rice family.  Truly disappointing but unfortunately not surprising," said Steve Loomis, President of the Police Union.

The City of Cleveland said, "This is on going litigation and we do not comment about on going litigation."

Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014 outside of the Cudell Recreation Center.

Police thought the gun Tamir had was real, it was an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun.

In December, a grand jury decided not to indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of Rice. The grand jurors met for several weeks before making a decision on the case.

More on Tamir Rice here.


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