Yes, Folks, the City of Cleveland has filed a creditor’s claim against the estate of Tamir Rice. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com), Assistant Law Director Carl Meyers filed a claim in Cuyahoga County Probate Court Wednesday, notifying Tamir's estate that it owes the city $500 for "ambulance advanced life support" and a mileage expense for the ambulance ride to MetroHealth Medical Center. Tamir died of his gunshot wounds the next day.
I am not blogging about this. Yet. Because right now, there are no words.
Well. Maybe a few.
Is this the County’s stunning and unmitigated cruelty?
Is this the County’s unfathomable and immeasurable depth of stupidity?
Or is this the County’s Declaration of War?
Do they want their city burned to the ground?
Tamir supporters have tried peaceful protest. They have tried to work through the law on this. To follow the law. They have watched the wheels of justice grind with an agonizing legal lugubriousness. How long are people supposed to sit still for this?
(Consider reading the blog on The Pickford Word entitled “Holiday Banter”. It speaks to this very hypocrisy in our society.)
Seriously: why didn’t somebody in the courthouse or state house, someone with some tiny spark of intelligence, explain to everybody else, the reaction this affront would surely provoke? Why didn’t the Mayor pass the hat, or pull five hundred out of his own pocket? Anything to prevent the accusations of cruelty and the tsunamis of bad publicity that will wash over the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the state of Ohio. I am ashamed to have born a Buckeye. This city needs to heal, for God’s sake. And this will only rip open the wounds,
My Prediction: oh so many just and reasonable souls will respond to a crowdsourcing request for funds. And the Tamir Rice family will amass thousands to pay the five hundred measly dollars.
And speaking of lawsuits, why did a Cleveland cop have to grab Tamir’s sister, slam her to the pavement, and handcuff her as she was trying to run to the side of her brother, who was bleeding to death. A trained officer twice her size couldn’t have just taken her by the arm to restrain her? Every good, decent police officer out there—of whom there are thousands--must be appalled.
To the Powers that Be in Cuyahoga County: between the inevitable clean-up, crowd control, or just plain bad publicity for Cleveland, you will spend so much more than $500 dollars fixing this firestorm that you created.
Your Governor, Presidential hopeful John Kasich, says he has a task force in place whose purpose it is to bridge the gap between the police and the populous, and to improve the dismal state of affairs that is the relationship between Law Enforcement and the citizens of Ohio. I was almost positive that Cleveland was part of Ohio; maybe you just didn’t read the memo yet. That’s understandable, as it takes time and resources to come up with a brain trust to oversee a choice like charging the family of the child your cops murdered for the ambulance ride they begrudgingly gave Tamir – after the officers on site failed to administer first aid for four full minutes as the boy bled to death.
Just after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, anybody who rebelled or displeased the state was not only executed, but the family of the deceased was sent a bill for the bullet. This is all starting to sound way too close to home.
(Read the full TAMIR RICE chapter by clicking on the MENU BAR at the PICKFORD STUDIOS home page. Peace out.