City to speak on $500 claim from Rice estate

Posted at 8:51 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 10:58:40-05

The City of Cleveland will address Thursday a creditor's claim filed with the Cuyahoga County Probate Court that requested $500 from Tamir Rice's estate as his "last dying expense."

The claim, which listed the City of Cleveland as the creditor, stated the $500 owed by Tamir Rice's estate was past due and was for the emergency medical services the 12-year-old received after he was fatally shot by Cleveland police in 2014

Director of Law Barbara Langhenry and Director of Finance Sharon Dumas will answer media questions about the claim at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. 

View the full claim here.

On the ambulance invoice, Rice was charged $450 for ambulance advance life support and $50 for mileage, totaling $500. 

Becky-Lee Caraballo, an EMS billing manager for the City of Cleveland, stated in an affidavit that the Tamir Rice estate "has failed to pay for the goods and/or services  as agreed upon delineated in the invoices, accounting, and/or ledger statements."

Carl E. Meyer, the assistant director of law for Cleveland, is listed as the creditor attorney. reached out to Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra for a statement regarding the city's claim. The office issued this statement:

The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill after its own police officers killed a 12-year-old child is breathtaking. This adds insult to homicide. also received a statement from Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis.

Loomis said it is unconscionable that the City of Cleveland would send that bill to the Rice family.  He said it was truly disappointing but, unfortunately, not surprising.