Earlier this week a judge ruled that the controversial practice of Stop and Frisk violated the constitutional rights of individuals and that New York City police would have to be monitored and the tactic would have to be retooled.
An angry Mayor Michael Bloomberg along with NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly held a press conference that to say the least was shocking and out right appalling.. Words can’t begin to describe the arrogance. But to sum it up Bloomberg who once called NYPD his private army, claimed that NYPD was saving the lives of Black and Brown people and that his cops needed to be intrusive as a way to stop future crimes even if 90% of the people they engaged were innocent..
He basically concluded that his police have done no wrong, he didn’t want them wearing cameras and that while its true many are afraid of the police, he said it was a cultural thing and that’s basically too bad..
Raymond Kelly although not stating this at the press conference had previously noted that the young teens his police most frequently stopped, needed to have a healthy concern (‘fear’) that the police at any given time may step to them..Peep the press conference below..
Having a fear of the police is a goal.. It’s important to keep this in mind as you read this tragic story of police in Brownsville, Brooklyn where NYPD quite frequently conduct Stop and Frisk.. Here a father of 8 named Carlos Alcis was literally scared to death when police erroneously raided his home looking for man wearing red shorts who punched a girl in the face and stole her cell phone..
The victim had a 16-year-old son who was asleep at the time and wearing red shorts.. Police woke him up, made go outside to be identified. He wound up being the wrong guy,. Police then returned inside the home and began ransacking the place looking for ‘evidence’ even as the victim of the crime said he wasn’t the guy.. An upset and shaken Carlos Alcis began questioning the police and then dropped dead..
Police then made the son perform mouth to mouth resuscitation on his dying father. The police then went door to door in rthe building looking for the suspect. It was something out of storm trooper horror movie. Here’s how the NY Daily News breaks this down..
Outraged loved ones say a Brooklyn, N.Y., father of eight was scared to death — literally — after cops swarmed his apartment while searching for someone who slugged a woman and stole her cell phone.
Carlos Alcis, 43, dropped dead Thursday from an apparent heart attack as his helpless wife and four of his children protested the fruitless intrusion in Brownsville, relatives said.
Compounding the tragedy, cops asked Alcis’ 16-year-old son Emmanuel, whom they rousted out of bed and wrongly suspected of being the thief, to help perform CPR. The family also claimed it took nearly 30 minutes for an ambulance to reach their Rockaway Parkway home — just blocks from Brookdale University Hospital…
The paper goes on to also note..
Emmanuel Alcis, who was wearing red basketball shorts at the time, said he was in his bed when a cop shone a flashlight in his face.
“They took me out to the backyard. They asked a girl, ‘Is that him?’ She said, ‘It’s not him,’” said Emmanuel, who was allowed to go back inside.
He said his father suddenly collapsed and started shaking. The teen said police continued to search the apartment, checking under beds and piles of clothes — even as blood started coming from his father’s mouth. 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.
May needless to say are just stunned, especially on the heels of a ruling that also came down last week where police in the Bronx would not be indicted for killing Ramarley Graham who unbeknownst to him, was followed by NYPD who suspected he had a gun. Police busted into Graham’s house and shot him to death in front of his grandmother and little brother and never found a gun. But somehow the profiling and lethal encounter was deemed justified…
In this case police busted in the Alcis’ house and are now trying to claim they were let in, in spite of neighbors counter claims and pictures shown in the Daily News of the busted lock.. We’ll wait to see how Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his police commissioner justify this latest horrific mishap by NYPD..They’ll probably say the young son shouldn’t have been wearing red shorts..
It’s hard to not read this story and then recall Bloomberg’s dismissal of concerns about people being scared of the police. many may also be left wondering, since when did NYPD go door to door in an apartment building looking for a cell phone..