Thursday 22 June 2017

Ambulance bill for family of police shooting victim Tamir Rice, 12

Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a rookie police officer in Cleveland (AP)
Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a rookie police officer in Cleveland (AP)

A 12-year-old boy's estate has been asked to pay 500 US dollars (£346) for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot by a police officer in Ohio.

The city of Cleveland requested the money as Tamir Rice's "last dying expense" in a creditor's claim filed in Cuyahoga County Probate Court. The claim states the money is overdue.

A family lawyer called the claim "callous and insensitive".

Tamir, who was black, was shot by a white officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation centre in November 2014.

A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer or his partner over the shooting.

A Cleveland police union president called the city's claim "unconscionable".

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