Stay classy, Cleveland.

The city has filed a claim against the family of Tamir Rice for $500. The claim involves the ambulance ride that Rice was in after he was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014.

Assistant Law Director Carl Meyer filed the creditor’s claim in Cuyahoga County Probate Court on Wednesday, NBC affiliate WKYC reported.

Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 22, 2014, after responding to a report of a “male with a gun” on the swings at a city park.

“The Rice family is disturbed by the city’s behavior,” Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra said in a statement to WKYC.

“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,” Chandra said in the statement. “This adds insult to homicide. The Rice family considers this a form of harassment.”

Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, were not indicted in Rice’s death.


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  • yoda

    I read on another site that the mayor apologized. He said that the bill was a legal thing that always happens. He said the Rice estate requested it…

    • Noirluv45

      They requested the bill? Did he say why?

    • yoda

      No it didn’t say why unfortunately.

    • Noirluv45

      Oh, OK. Thanks, Yoda. I sure wish they would’ve.

  • With all of this, the murderer is still not in prison. Tamir Rice’s life is worth more than $500 dollars. That fee is offensive, disrespectful, and callous to the family of Tamir Rice. Assistant law director Carl Meyers filed the request and he should be held accountable for his action. This story once again reminds us that we have to continue to fight back against police terrorism and we deplore any heinous tactic done against the families of the victims of police murder. RIP Tamir Rice.

  • Noirluv45

    Talk about rubbing salt in the wound. They don’t have enough sense or decency to be ashamed of asking Tamir’s family to pay for his death. There are going to be a lot of people waiting in line for karma. SMH.

  • bricktop_MelindaM

    This was definitely one of those “What the he!! were they thinking?” moments.