Target: Cleveland, Ohio Director of Law Barbara Langhenry
Goal: Withdraw lawsuit attempting to force Tamir Rice’s family to pay for the ambulance ride after a city officer shot and killed the 12-year-old.
Cleveland is suing the family of a boy slain by police for an unpaid ambulance bill. The city claims that the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was fatally shot because he was playing in a park with a toy gun, needs to pay this bill even though it was a city police officer who caused the injury and called the ambulance.
The family of Tamir Rice has suffered a long line of injustices and insults after the death of this young boy. The grand jury failed to indict this police officer on any charges despite the fact that video shows him shooting the child just moments after exiting the police car and even though the gun was fake and entirely harmless.
It was later revealed that the original 911 caller told the dispatcher that the gun was probably a toy, but this information was not passed on to officers. The officer who shot Rice also failed to administer any emergency care to the dying boy despite the fact that he was trained to do so, instead waiting around for the ambulance to arrive. By that time, it was too late.
Not only has no one been held responsible for this tragic and unnecessary killing of a child, the family has had to grieve over and over every step of the way. Tamir’s mother had to move out of her home and live in a homeless shelter because her house was directly across the street from the spot where her son was slain. Now they’re sending her a bill for $500 for the ambulance that was too late to save her child.
This is utterly heartless and horrible. The ambulance never would have been necessary if the city’s officer hadn’t shot Tamir Rice down for nothing in the first place. Sign our petition to demand that Cleveland immediately withdraw this suit and leave the grieving family alone.
Dear Director Langhenry,
I understand that you recently filed a suit against the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was slain by a city police officer. It makes absolutely no sense to charge this grieving and struggling family for the ambulance and EMT care that not only failed to save Tamir’s life, but were made necessary in the first place by a police officer who fired on him a mere two seconds after exiting the police car.
Tamir Rice was no threat to anyone while playing in a park with a toy. This officer never even should have been hired as he had an extensive history of unnecessary force and failing police exams. Your city is responsible for this boy’s death and the need for EMT care that arrived too late because your police officer failed to provide any emergency, life-saving care.
Trying to charge the family any money in relation to this disaster is insulting, heartless, and disgusting. I demand that you immediately withdraw this suit and stop harassing the family that has been shattered because of the negligence of the city of Cleveland.
[Your Name Here]
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