Looks like another attempt to inflame racial tensions with a misreported story:
quote=Cleveland News Radio WTAM1100 - At a Thursday press conference, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized to the family of Tamir Rice over a bill for the boy’s “last dying expense”, even though the city never intended to seek payment.
A claim filed Wednesday called for $500 to pay for emergency medical services rice received after he was shot by police in 2014.
Mayor Frank Jackson said today, the claim was never sent to the Rice Family, and they won’t be billed for any of those services. He explained that the excutor of the Rice estate requested a copy of the bill and the city was required by law to provide it.
He also reported that a bill was sent to medicaid, which reimbursed the city for a portion of the costs. Jackson said the city absorbed the rest.
Jackson maintained that no mistakes were made and that the city followed all the correct policies and regulations. He admitted that the bill should have been “flagged”, and not filed in probate court.
The Rice family released the following statement Thursday following the city’s press conference:
“The suggestion that the estate-administrator sending a routine public-records request to the city about a child’s death would then result in the city filing a court claim—particularly when the city’s own police officers killed the child and the claim is already time-barred under Ohio law—makes no sense to the Rice family. This was a deeply disturbing incident to them.”