Cleveland Sues Tamir Rice’s Family Over $500 Ambulance Bill
First, a Chicago cop sues the estate of a teen he shot and killed, now Cleveland is suing Tamir Rice‘s family over his ambulance bill after he was killed by police.
Assistant law director Carl Meyers filed a claim in Cuyahoga County Probate Court Wednesday notifying Tamir’s estate that it owes the city $500 for “ambulance advance life support” and mileage expense for the ambulance ride to MetroHealth Medical Center.
“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,” the family’s attorney, Subodh Chandra, said in an emailed statement. “This adds insult to homicide.”
Chandra represents members of Tamir’s family in a civil lawsuit filed against the city.
Spokesmen for the city did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tamir was shot by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014, after he was seen playing with a replica airsoft gun in a West Side park.
Tamir’s family sued the city, in part arguing that officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback showed indifference to Tamir’s life by not giving him any emergency aid after Loehmann shot him.
The officers stood around Tamir for four minutes, until an FBI agent arrived at the scene and gave the boy first aid.
The 911 caller also said Tamir looked like a juvenile and that the gun might have been fake, but that information was never relayed to officers Timothy Lohemann and Frank Garmback.
Garmback drove a police cruiser next to Tamir, and Loehmann shot him within two seconds.
A grand jury declined to indict the officers in December at Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty’s recommendation. McGinty said enhanced surveillance footage showed the boy was pulling the gun out of his waistband — likely to drop it or hand it to the officers — when Loehmann opened fire.
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