Lawsuit Ensues After Man Misidentified By Chicago Police Taken Off Life Support By Wrong Family
Earlier this year, Chicago police misidentified a badly beaten man, found naked under a car and left for dead, leading to the wrong family taking him off of life support.
A lawsuit was then filed in Cook County this week by the family of the man who was badly beaten, and the man for which Chicago PD mistook him for.
Furthermore, Bennett’s sister, Rosie Brooks recalls her conversation with Mercy Hospital officials, “I said, ‘How did you all verify that this is Alfonso Bennett?’ They said, ‘Through the Chicago PD.” She adds, “They find a guy naked, beat up, under a car, no ID and just take him to Mercy. My thing is if it had been a different ZIP code, would it have made a difference? Because you have a John Doe, no ID, naked and under a car, wouldn’t you want to know how he got under the car? Who put him under there? What happened?“
Also, Brooks continues, “To me that means black lives don’t matter. You carried him to Mercy, didn’t even know who he was and didn’t even take the time to find out. You should have fingerprinted him then.”
In addition to Brooks words, the department released a statement; “To say that we currently have questions is an understatement. We have detectives looking into every aspect of this incident — from the incident response to the circumstances leading to the hospitalization and the notification of family members.”