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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized Thursday to the family of Tamir Rice, saying a court filing that made it appear the city was trying to collect a medical bill from the 12-year-old's shooting death should not have happened.

The creditor's claim filed earlier in the week appeared to be seeking restitution from Rice's family for $500 of ambulance expenses after the child was shot by police officers while playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland park.

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But Jackson said on Thursday that the city considered its accounts with the family closed until it received a request from the executor of Tamir Rice's estate for outstanding charges between the family and the city.

Apparently the standard procedure in such an incident is to file a probate court claim so as to obtain a reimbursement from Medicaid, which Jackson insisted is standard procedure. No bill was ever sent to the Rice family, and there were never any plans to do so.

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But he apologized to the Rice family and said the city should have red-flagged the request and not gone forward with the probate court claim, which Jackson said the city would drop.