BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn family is claiming the NYPD did nothing to help their loved one after he suffered a seizure while under arrest on June 3.
According to James Young's family members, officers waited more than 20 minutes to dial 911 after he began to seize. They say the 49-year-old father of five was leaving a drug rehab program on Utica Avenue when police arrested him for alleged possession of heroin.
Young's brother, Michael Maddix, says that police thought Young was faking his illness, even after he began foaming at the mouth. He says at least four witnesses are backing up the story.
The only comment the NYPD would make to News 12 Brooklyn is that the arrest was made at 9:12 a.m. Friday morning. EMS officials say they received a call at 9:12 a.m. and were on the scene three minutes later, but the family is disputing that timeline.
Loved ones say Young remains unconscious in the hospital and is on a respirator. They have filed complaints with the Department of Internal Affairs and the Civilian Complaint Review Board, as well as hiring an attorney.