Spectrum

Feb 11, 2016

THE MAYOR OF CLEVELAND HAS APOLOGIZED FOR THE CITY SENDING A CLAIM TO THE ESTATE OF TAMIR RICE


THE MAYOR OF CLEVELAND HAS APOLOGIZED FOR THE CITY SENDING A CLAIM TO THE ESTATE OF TAMIR RICE, A 12-YEAR-OLD BLACK BOY FATALLY SHOT BY A WHITE OFFICER, SEEKING $500 FOR TRANSPORTING THE BOY BY AMBULANCE TO A HOSPITAL. MAYOR FRANK JACKSON SAID DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY THAT A CITY ATTORNEY WAS RESPONDING TO A RECORDS REQUEST MADE BY THE ATTORNEY FOR TAMIR'S ESTATE. JACKSON SAYS THE CLAIM WAS ROUTINE, BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RED-FLAGGED AND NEVER FILED IN PROBATE COURT. CITY OFFICIALS SAY MEDICAID REIMBURSED THE CITY $179 IN EARLY 2015 FOR THE AMBULANCE RIDE AND THE FILE WAS CLOSED. TAMIR WAS SHOT IN NOVEMBER 2014 OUTSIDE A CITY RECREATION CENTER WHILE PLAYING WITH A PELLET GUN.  A RICE FAMILY ATTORNEY CALLS THE CLAIM FILING "DEEPLY DISTURBING."

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