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The City of Cleveland says a $500 claim filed against the estate of Tamir Rice should have never been submitted.

Wednesday, a bill from the Law Director’s office was submitted to Rice’s medical insurance company — stating they were responsible for a past due amount owed for the emergency medical services rendered as Tamir’s last dying expense. The claim was filed under Ohio Revised Code 2117.25.

Thursday, Mayor Frank Jackson apologized saying although the billing process is routine, that bill should have never been submitted. Mayor Jackson says the bill should have been red flagged and he will evaluate if discipline is warranted.

Subodh Chandra, Samaria Rice’s attorney, released the following statement after the estate received a copy of the bill:

“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. This adds insult to homicide.”



Article and First Picture Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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