New York City cops have come pounding on the door of James Jordan Sr.’s home four times last year alone. Each time, they search the place, leaving it a mess. Once they even arrested Jordan’s son, James Jr., on a weapons possession charge that was soon thrown out. But in each raid, they never find James Jordan Sr., who they say is evading capture on an outstanding warrant.
There’s a good reason that the elder Jordan is never at the Brooklyn home when the cops arrive. Or any other time. But the police don’t want to hear it, no matter how many times his wife and son tell them what it is.
James Jordan Sr., sadly, has been dead for eight years.
Jordan, who was employed as a security guard, died of diabetes complications on March 17, 2006. But that fact has failed to discourage the New York cops from raiding his home more than dozen times since then. Last year, the situation became so oppressive that his widow, Karen Fennell, posted James Jordan Sr.’s death certificate on the front door — so the police officers could not get away with saying they didn’t know he was deceased.
“I tell them over and over, ‘James isn’t here! He’s dead! It’s that simple,” the widow says. “What’s so difficult to understand about that?'”
Now Karen, James Jr., and a family friend, Anthony Solis — who was arrested along with James Jr. on the apparently bogus weapons charge — are suing the police, saying that the repeated raids violate their constitutional rights to due process and against unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as other guaranteed rights.
The cops have repeatedly searched the home with no warrant. All to find a dead man who was not a criminal in the first place.
The family’s lawyer, Ugochukwu Uzoh, says that even though the cops say there is an outstanding arrest warrant on the dead man, they’ve provided no proof, and have not said on what charge they want to arrest a man who has been in his grave for more than eight years.
Law enforcement sources told the New York Post that James Jordan Sr., had three arrests in 1996, but those records are sealed.
“He was a hardworking man, and he took care of eight kids,” Karen told the paper. “It isn’t right for them to be coming after him like this. There’s no reason for it.”
“I told them that my father was gone,” James Jr. said, describing the raid when the police tok him into custody. “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.”
According to his widow the last time James Jordan Sr.’s was arrested in 1996, the charge was jumping a turnstile at a New York subway station.