On November 22, 2014, a white Cleveland police officer gunned down and killed 12-year-old African-American Tamir Rice. You can watch the killing in the video above.
Tamir was playing with a toy gun in a local park. Judge for yourself whether or not the police gave him any chance to surrender, took any time to assess the situation, or just shot him down. The shooting death was ruled a homicide. However, more than a year later, a grand jury decided against charging the officer responsible for Rice’s death. The cop is still on the streets with a gun and a badge.
Tamir is still dead.
And now we learn the deceased owes the city of Cleveland money to pay for the ambulance that took him to the hospital to die after he was shot by a Cleveland city police officer.
On Wednesday, the city of Cleveland filed a $500 past due payment claim against Tamir Rice’s estate for nonpayment of the cost of the ambulance ride. You can see the actual bill, below.
You may not be aware, but many cities now charge for the cost of ambulance service if you call 911, or if someone calls 911 on your behalf. In some cases the charge is straight up just another way to earn money for the city, in others it is to pay contract ambulance services hired because the city does not have enough of its own.
That the city would submit a bill and call itself a creditor after having had its own police officers slay 12-year-old Tamir displays “a new pinnacle of callousness and insensitivity,” one of the Rice family attorneys said. “The kind of poor judgment that it takes to do such a thing is nothing short of breathtaking. Who on earth would think this was a good idea and file this on behalf of the city? This adds insult to homicide.”