BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Two men have been found dead in Downtown parks over the past week, police said.
On Thurs., June 6, about four minutes after noon, police responded to a call of an unconscious male inside Union Square Park, in the vicinity of Union Square West and 15th St.
The officers found the man both unconscious and unresponsive. Responding E.M.S. medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police have not released the man’s name, age or other information. Per police protocol, his name won’t be put out publicly until his family is notified, and a police spokesperson said that has not happened yet. Apparently, however, the man did have ID on him.
Three days later, on Sun., June 9, around 9 a.m., police received a call for an “aided male” — a catchall term for someone needing help — at Father Demo Square Park, at Carmine and Bleecker Sts. Responding officers found a man unconscious and unresponsive lying on a bench at the location. E.M.S. pronounced him dead at the scene. The police spokesperson said this individual did not have any ID.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of each man’s death and, for each case, an investigation is ongoing.
Robert Jackson, a Sixth Precinct community affairs officer, said that in the Demo Square death, “There doesn’t seem to be any foul play or drug overdose. The first report doesn’t mention it.” He said it’s possible it was a natural death, but couldn’t confirm that.
As for the Union Square death, he said the initial report was short on details.