The NYPD has been raiding a Brooklyn apartment trying to arrest a man who has been dead for close to a decade. James Jordan Sr. passed away from diabetes in 2006, and his family is now suing the city because cops routinely burst through the unit looking for the deceased.
“I tell them over and over, ‘James isn’t here! He’s dead! It’s that simple. What’s so difficult to understand about that?’ ” said widow Karen Jordan, who filed the suit.
Officers have already hit the unit four times this year, forcing Karen to tape a death certificate to the window to prove James is no longer alive. “I wanted it to be the first thing they saw before they came into my home and flipped it upside down,” she said. “I can’t hide anyone in my apartment. It’s not big enough for that. But they keep coming and insisting that he’s in my house.”
James was “a hard working man” who “took care of his eight children,” his wife said. Officers ransack the apartment each time the drop in, Karen said. “They tell me to be quiet of they’ll lock me up…they go through my entire house, turning out drawers, looking in closets, harassing my children and asking them terrible questions.
Authorities arrested the couple’s 31-year-old son, James Jordan Jr., last July believing he was his father. “I told them that my father was gone,” he recalled.“They just didn’t believe me. When they came in, they came in like a riot team. It was like a raid. Six officers rushed into the apartment and woke me up.”
He and a friend were slapped with weapons possession charges that were later dropped.
The elder James didn’t have an extensive criminal history, but was arrested three times in 1996. It is unclear why NYPD officers haven’t updated his information.