Carlos Alcis, 43, died after suffering from an apparent heart attack after police officers swarmed his Brooklyn home.
According to reports, officers swarmed his Brooklyn home Thursday morning and mistakenly accused his 16-year-old son of assault and robbery.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a woman was punched and had her cell phone stolen. Witnesses to the robbery followed the suspect, who was allegedly wearing red pants, to the apartment where the Alcis family lives and began going door to door.
Though NYPD officers claim that they knocked on the Alcis’ door, neighbors and witnesses claim that the officers pried the door open — and show evidence of a splintered door to prove it.
Carlos’ son, Emmanuel Alcis, who happened to be wearing red shorts, was dragged from his bed and forced outside, where the woman told police that he wasn’t the man who attacked her and then tragedy struck.
Alcis collapsed on the floor and began shaking. His son says that the officers continued to search the home even as blood began to come from his father’s mouth.
NY Daily News reports:
He said an officer finally checked his father for a pulse, then asked him to blow air into his dad’s mouth as they started chest compressions.
By the time an ambulance arrived, Carlos Alcis, who emigrated from Haiti in 2000 and worked as a stockman at Bobby’s department store in Brooklyn, was dead.
“This is a wrongful death that should never have happened,” the family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said.
Cops later found the woman’s cellphone in front of a nearby building on Rockaway Parkway using her Find My iPhone app. No one has been arrested.
Police also admit that the misdirection to ambulance also delayed it’s arrival. It first going to the scene where the phone was stolen by mistake.
Our prayers and condolences are with the Alcis family.