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City of Cleveland demands $500 from family of Tamir Rice

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The City of Cleveland has been under fire, and rightfully so, since their police force murdered a 12 year old black child named Tamir Rice in November of 2014. A grand jury failed to indict his killers, male police officers, one of whom had been deemed “unfit for duty” prior to the slaying. In a nasty yet entirely unsurprising turn of events, the City of Cleveland is hounding the family of Rice for money to pay for the emergency medical services “provided” when the pre-teen was shot.

According to Cleveland Scene, the city has filed a notice to the Rice family for $500, owed for the EMS services. A lawyer for the family, Subodh Chandra, gave statement to Scene on this morally depraved action.  “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.” Gawker clarified the expenses: “Broken down, the city is billing Rice’s family $450 for “advance life support” that did not save him and $50 for the mileage driven by the ambulance to the hospital where he died.”

Insult indeed. A family who has dealt with the murder of their kid, being billed by the city for the crimes that the city itself committed? Given the way the City of Cleveland has handled this case so far, I’m hardly shocked, yet continue to be disappointed, with the lows they are hitting.



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