Family claims Brooklyn police scared man to death

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A New York family is blaming police for the death of a father of eight, who they say was literally scared to death during a police raid.

Carlos Alicis was 43 years old. Officers swarmed his basement apartment Thursday morning while searching for a suspected cellphone thief. One of Alicis’ sons was a suspect in the theft.

Shortly after Alicis’ son was cleared in the case, his family says Alicis collapsed from an apparent heart attack.

Police called 911 and attempted CPR, but Alicis died.

Officers reportedly later found the stolen cell phone by using the victim’s “Find my iPhone” app.

The family’s attorney says the incident should never have occurred.

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