“I Can’t Breathe” Were Frank Tyson’s Last Words: DiCello Levitt Represents and Stands Up for His Family

Apr 26, 2024

Nationally renowned attorney Bobby DiCello: ‘Cries for help were ignored’

CANTON, Ohio—DiCello Levitt has been retained by the family of Frank E. Tyson, a 53-year-old Black East Canton, Ohio resident, who died last week after being handcuffed and apparently suffocated by police. 

Echoing the terror of George Floyd’s death, some of Mr. Tyson’s last words were “I can’t breathe,” as police body-cam video shows. In the footage documenting the horrific encounter on April 18, Mr. Tyson can be seen lying motionless on the floor of a social club for more than five minutes before police officers checked him for a pulse.

“The death of George Floyd traumatized and galvanized the American people – it led to a decisive call for change and an end to systemic police violence against Black men. It’s an unimaginable tragedy that only four years later, history repeats itself. Why tackle him? Why kneel on him? How could you know he lost consciousness and then do nothing? These questions demand answers. And so, we will get those answers for Frank and the whole Tyson family in this time of pain, grief, and disbelief,” Bobby DiCello, attorney for the Tyson family, said.

Frank Tyson’s family is represented by DiCello Levitt attorneys Bobby DiCello, Ken AbbarnoJoe Fouché III, and Jordyn Parks.

Bobby DiCello is available for comment.

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