Cleveland Mayor Apologizes for Ambulance Bill Sent to Tamir Rice

It was apparently a miscommunication
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2016 1:27 PM CST
In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice during a protest in Washington, DC.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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(Newser) – Cleveland is sorry for sending an ambulance bill to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old fatally shot by a city police officer while he held a pellet gun. After news broke of the $500 claim filed against Rice's estate, Mayor Frank Jackson apologized Thursday, Cleveland 19 reports. The mayor says the billing process is routine, but Rice's bill should have been "red flagged" and not actually submitted. He says he'll investigate to see if disciplinary action is needed. CBS News reports that city officials say all claims have been withdrawn. (Read more Tamir Rice stories.)

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