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Tamir Rice Dies, Cleveland Sues Boy's Family

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The City of Cleveland has filed a $500 claim against Tamir Rice’s family for the ambulance and paramedics that were called after Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann shot the 12-year-old boy on Nov. 20, 2014.

According to Gawker, the $500 includes $450 for “advance life support” that failed to save Rice, and $50 for the ambulance ride that transported him to a hospital where he died from his gunshot wound.

"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," Subodh Chandra, a Rice family lawyer, told the Cleveland Scene on Feb. 10.

"The kind of poor judgment that it takes to do such a thing is nothing short of breathtaking," Chandra added. "Who on earth would think this was a good idea and file this on behalf of the city? This adds insult to homicide."

"The mayor and law director should apologize to the Rice family and withdraw this filing immediately."

The Rice family sued the city for wrongful death, but the city said in its response in March 2015 that the boy died "... by the failure ... to exercise due care to avoid injury," noted Cleveland.com.

Sources: Cleveland Scene, Gawker, Cleveland.com / Photo Credit: Tim1965/Wikimedia

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