Cleveland mayor apologizes, drops Tamir Rice’s ambulance charge: https://t.co/rSUa2ajTYX pic.twitter.com/UCh2OvxJSA— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 12, 2016
Cleveland’s mayor and other city officials apologized Thursday for asking for reimbursement from Tamir Rice’s family for the medical services he received after he was fatally shot by a police officer.
But Tamir’s family wasn’t buying it, calling the incident “deeply disturbing.”
The claim, filed Wednesday in probate court, sought $500 for the ambulance ride and treatment provided to Tamir, the 12-year-old boy who was shot by Cleveland police in November 2014 while in possession of a pellet gun.
Tamir’s family on Wednesday slammed the city’s “callousness, insensitivity and poor judgment” in sending the bill.
“I want to start off again apologizing to the Rice family if this, in fact, has added to any grief or pain that they may have,” Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference Thursday.
City Finance Director Sharon Dumas said the city never actually billed Tamir’s family for the medical services and has no intention of doing so.
She and Richard Horvath, the city’s chief corporate counsel, said the claim filed Wednesday was a “routine” result of the probate process, in which Tamir’s estate asked for a billing statement for services rendered to identify any potential creditors.