A Detroit father wants answers after his son, 24, died during a traffic stop.
“I got to the hospital Monday night, and there was nobody there from the Detroit police to tell me what happened,” Anthony Clark told the Detroit News. “I had to wait until the next morning to get any information. It’s ridiculous.”
His son, who is asthmatic, was pulled over for driving erratically and because he had tainted windows. He did not get a police report until the next day, which told him his son was handcuffed during the encounter.
“The officer said after he cuffed my son, he told him ‘I can’t breathe,’ and that they gave him his (inhaler),” Clark said. “He told them, ‘It’s not working; call EMS.’ Then my son dies right there.”
Clark is most upset at the lack of information available to him that night.
“There was nobody there,” he said. “The hospital chaplain was the only person who could tell me anything, and he said the EMTs told him my son had died of a heart attack. I tried calling police, and someone got on the phone and told me nobody was there to help me.”
He admitted that he placed the call after midnight but insisted, “There still should’ve been somebody to tell me what happened, or a police report, or something. I didn’t hear back from the police until the next morning. That’s unacceptable.”
Detroit police spokeswoman June West said that they are reaching out to the family to keep them apprised of the investigation.
Understandably, the father is very upset; he’s just lost his son. Unfortunately, we were unable to talk with him at the hospital Monday night. However, we did speak with him Tuesday morning.
We provided him with answers as best we could at this stage of the investigation, and we will be reaching out to the family in the next few days to provide them with updated information as it becomes available.