The city filed a creditor's notice against the estate of Tamir Rice looking for a past due amount of $500.
What's that $500 for?
It's "owing for emergency medical services rendered as the decedent's last dying expense under Ohio Revised Code."
"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," one of Rice's family attorneys, Subodh Chandra, told Scene this afternoon. "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.
"The mayor and law director should apologize to the Rice family and withdraw this filing immediately," he added.
The city has already had to apologize once in this case, back in March when in a pretty routine legal filing in the case, the city's law department wrote that Tamir caused his own death.
Frank Jackson apologized
for the "insensitive language" they used.
The filing can be viewed in the PDF below.
2016-0210 Creditor's Claim
If you think that the city of Cleveland and its law department couldn't handle the Tamir Rice case any worse than it has, well, we have news for you.