AFRICANGLOBE – The Office of the Brooklyn District Attorney has launched an investigation into the death of a Haitian man and father whose family claims he was literally scared to death by officers of the New York Police Department.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s decision comes as police arrested Stephon Foster, 16, who lives in the same building as the victim’s family, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
On Saturday, the police reported that Foster, who has a rap sheet of four other arrests, was nabbed after his fingerprints were found on a cell phone, which cops tracked down. He was charged with robbery and possession of stolen property.
Meanwhile, outraged family members have accused cops of literally scaring Carlos Alcis, 43, a father of eight, to death after officers on Thursday swarmed his apartment searching for the person who stole the cell phone.
Relatives said Alcis dropped dead from an apparent heart attack as his helpless wife and four of his children protested the fruitless intrusion into their home.
According to reports, the tragedy was further compounded when the cops asked Alcis’ 16-year-old son, Emmanuel, who was pulled out of bed and wrongly suspected of being the thief, to help perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The family also claimed it took nearly 30 minutes for an ambulance to reach their home — just blocks from Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.
“They scared him to death,” Alcis’ Haitian-born brother, Stevenson Alcis, told reporters. “He was healthy and fine.