A New York man that had a pacemaker and suffered from asthma died in NYPD custody following a chase Tuesday in Queens, officials say.
Daniel Levitt Jr., 46, died after being cuffed at Grandview Ave. and Menahan St. in Ridgewood at 2:10 p.m. for an outstanding warrant stemming from a robbery arrest in August, according to police and family.
Levitt, of Queens, ditched two cops on a motorized scooter, which he crashed, and then took off running. He was tackled and cuffed, police said.
As the officers stood Levitt up, he told them he couldn’t breathe, authorities said. Cops administered his inhaler while he was still cuffed. Levitt said he felt “fine,” but then collapsed moments later, cops said.
He died at Wyckoff Medical Center. Daniel Levitt Sr. said his son, a father-of-three, had had asthma since he was a child and got a pacemaker last year. He saw marks on his son’s body, which was still warm to the touch at the hospital.
“I saw bruises on both sides of his neck,” said Levitt.
An internal probe has been launched. An autopsy will be forth coming in the following weeks. Police State Daily requests for comments from the NYPD were unsuccessful.(again)
The incident is the second involving the NYPD and a dieing asthmatic suspect in recent months.
The story of 43-year-old Eric Garner outraged the nation after he was recorded being placed in a chokehold and slammed to the ground in July, before at least five NYPD officers pile on top of him as he gasps for air.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” the 400 pound asthmatic can be heard repeatedly yelling in the footage recorded by a bystander at the scene.
Police were investigating Garner on suspicion of “selling untaxed cigarettes.”