CLEVELAND, OH – The city of Cleveland has apologized to the family of Tamir Rice, after they received a $500 bill for ambulance fees.
The 12-year-old boy was killed by Cleveland police officers who mistook a toy pellet gun for the real thing while Rice played in a public park. It happened just seconds after officers arrived on scene.
Not only did a grand jury decline to indict the two responding officers in the case, the city sent a $500 bill to Rice’s mom for the ambulance ride to the hospital. Talk about pouring salt in the wound.
Baffled by the bill, the Rice family released a statement saying, “The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill after its own police officer killed 12-year-old Tamir is breathtaking and Mrs. Rice considers this harassment.”
It didn’t take long for the city to change its tune.
“We have made the determination to withdraw that claim from the probate court,” said Chief Corporate Counsel Richard F. Horvath. “We all sincerely apologize to the Tamir Rice family for any additional pain and suffering that this may have caused them.”
The Rice family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cleveland, but the city claims its Tamir’s fault he got killed. Hard to imagine a fake gun could cause so much real heartache.