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NEW YORK (AP) -- A naked New York City man fell to his death after a police officer shocked him with a Taser.
Witnesses say the (nude) man was standing Wednesday on the fire escape of a Brooklyn building waving a fluorescent light bulb several feet long at officers. Witness Curtis Douglas says an officer Tased the man, who froze and fell on his head on the sidewalk.
Firefighters say the man fell at least 20 feet from the fire escape between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the four story building and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Thousands of New York City police sergeants began carrying Tasers on their belts this year.
The pistol-shaped weapons fire barbs up to 35 feet and deliver 50,000-volt shocks to immobilize people.
Police say Wednesday's incident is being investigated.
 

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Police: TASER on nude man violated policy

NYPD reassigns cops involved in using stun gun on disturbed man who fell to his death in Brooklyn

By John Valenti and Rocco Parascandola
Newsday
NEW YORK - The decision to use a Taser on an emotionally disturbed naked man who wound up falling from a ledge to his death in Brooklyn was in apparent violation of department protocol, New York City Police Department officials said Thursday.
As a result, the lieutenant who ordered the use of the Taser has been placed on modified assignment, the officer who used the stun gun on the disturbed man has been assigned administrative duties, and the Brooklyn district attorney's office is investigating the Wednesday afternoon incident in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Inman Morales, who held Emergency Services Unit officers on a fire escape at bay for at least 20 minutes, sometimes poking them with an eight-foot-long fluorescent light, was Tasered as he stood on top of a roll-down gate, about 10 feet off the ground, police said. Morales fell and landed on the sidewalk.
Video footage and still photographs show him laying on the ground, bleeding from his head wound.
"While officers had radioed for an inflatable bag as the incident unfolded, it had not yet arrived at the scene when Morales fell," NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said in a prepared release. "None of the . . . officers on the scene were positioned to break his fall, nor did they devise a plan in advance to do so."
Police said the order to use a Taser in such circumstances appears "to have violated guidelines," reissued on June 4, 2008, which specifically state: "When possible, the CED [Conducted Energy Device] should not be used . . . in situations where the subject may fall from an elevated surface."
The officers involved have not been identified by police.
On Wednesday, a police source, said the officer who used the stun gun did so because Morales posed a threat.
"He was swinging a large fluorescent light bulb at them," the source said. "They were attempting to secure themselves on the fire escape to grab the guy and that's when he swung the light at them."
Morales has emotional problems, police said, and may not have been taking his medication. Others at the scene said Morales' mother had worried about the side effects of the medication.
The altercation started at about 1:30 p.m. when Morales stepped out of his third-floor apartment at 491 Tompkins Ave. and onto the fire escape. He was naked, witnesses said, and yelling that "they were trying to kill him" and that he would kill everyone.
He climbed up one flight, started pulling belongings out of a fourth-floor apartment, then went back down.
Finally, with police officers on the fire escape above him and other officers on the street below, Morales stepped onto the top of the roll-down gate in front of an empty store.
Witnesses said police tried repeatedly to talk Morales to safety but that he would not listen and instead grabbed the light from under the container and started menacing officers with it, ignoring their orders.
"Walk down now!" police could be heard shouting to him on a video of the confrontation posted on the Internet.
The Rand Corp., a think tank, in June recommended that the NYPD expand its use of Tasers, first by testing them in a pilot program in which sergeants would carry them on their belts.
Taser use has traditionally been limited to the elite Emergency Services Unit, and the NYPD has described them as an effective way to diffuse volatile confrontations, particularly when dealing with the mentally ill. Critics, however, have called for their ban, citing a number of controversial deaths in cities around the country.

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So according to their policy the better alternative would of been to use deadly force? Ok thank you for you the correction..
 

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I wonder if the outcome would have been different if they OC'd his ball bag.
 

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Hundreds of New York City police officers will get refresher training on how to deal with emotionally disturbed people after a squad trying to help one distraught man wound up killing him by accident. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly also appointed a new commander of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit, which responds to many incidents involving the mentally ill.
ESU personnel already get advanced training in equipment, weapons and tactics, but all 440 officers in the unit have been directed to get a review course on the department's methods and policies for dealing with disturbed people.

The department's actions follow a deadly incident Wednesday, in which an officer used a Taser stun gun on a man who had climbed out on a building ledge.
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NYPD Officers Get Special Training Following Taser Death

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The NYPD has appointed a new commander of its Emergency Service Unit, just days after a naked man fell to his death when a police officer shot him with a Taser gun.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has also ordered that the more than 400 officers in the unit participate in training beginning on Monday to review tactics and rules concerning encounters with emotionally disturbed people, said Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman.
Deputy Chief James Molloy will become the new commanding officer of the Emergency Service Unit, Mr. Browne said. The post had been held by an acting commander, Deputy Inspector Robert Lukach, who will return to his post as the executive officer — or second in command — of the unit, the New York Times reported.
The moves come after the death of Iman Morales, 35, after a half-hour standoff with the police in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on Wednesday.
Mr. Morales was naked and waving a fluorescent light bulb at officers as he stood on a ledge. Police officers surrounded him and Lt. Michael Pigott ordered Officer Nicholas Marchesona to fire his Taser. Mr. Morales fell off the gate head first and died.
Currently, 525 members of the Emergency Service Unit and sergeants throughout the department carry a Taser gun on their holsters. Mr. Kelly has so far balked at distributing the Tasers more widely. The guns are designed to incapacitate their target with a pulsating electrical current.

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The NYPD lieutenant from Long Island who authorized the use of a stun gun during a fatal police confrontation with a naked Brooklyn psychiatric patient committed suicide Thursday morning, police said.

On his 46th birthday, Lt. Michael Pigott of Sayville shot himself at Floyd Bennett Field, the Brooklyn base for the elite Emergency Services Unit, police said. It happened about 6 a.m., according to news reports. His death came just hours before the funeral Mass and burial of Iman Morales, 35, the stun gun victim.

In an interview this week Pigott told Newsday that he was sorry for authorizing an NYPD officer to use a Taser before air bags were placed below Morales.

"I am truly sorry for what happened to Mr. Morales," Pigott told Newsday outside his home.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly released a statement Thursday morning acknowledging Pigott's death.

"Upon behalf of all of the members of the New York City Police Department, I extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Michael W. Pigott who served with dedication for 21 years," Kelly said.
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Friday, October 3, 2008 Lt. kills himself after stun gun death


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A police lieutenant committed suicide yesterday, days after he ordered another officer to fire a stun gun at a naked, distraught man who then fell to his death, police said.

The body of Lt. Michael Pigott, a 21-year police veteran, was found in a police locker room in Brooklyn, dead apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for public information. He used a weapon that was not his, police said.

Pigott had been stripped of his gun and badge and reassigned to desk duty after the Sept. 24 case in which police, summoned by the mother of a disturbed man, fired a Taser stun gun at him as he perched on a ledge.

The man, Iman Morales, fell 10 feet to his death as onlookers screamed. An onlooker's video of the encounter was seen on news stations and posted on the Web.

Almost immediately, police said the use of the stun gun appeared to violate department guidelines, which explicitly bar their use "in situations where the subject may fall from an elevated surface."

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered refresher training on how to deal with the mentally ill and appointed a new commander of the Emergency Service Unit, which handles such cases. Pigott was a member of the unit.

On Wednesday, Pigott had apologized, saying he was "truly sorry."

Witnesses and neighbors said Morales, 35, had become distraught and threatened to kill himself. His mother called 911.

When police arrived, he fled naked out the window of his third-floor apartment onto the fire escape. He tried unsuccessfully to get into a fourth-floor apartment, then climbed down until he reached a ledge over a shuttered storefront. He then stood there, jabbing at officers with an 8-foot fluorescent light.

The lieutenant ordered another officer to fire the stun gun. The 50,000-volt shock immobilized Morales, who then toppled headfirst to the ground.

Pigott, the married father of two sons and a daughter, shot himself in the head on his 46th birthday.

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N.Y. officer remembered as a 'cop's cop'

By Bart Jones and John Valenti
Newsday (New York)

NEW YORK - A sea of blue.
Wearing their police uniforms, they arrived in Islip Monday morning by the hundreds, there to honor their fallen brother, NYPD Lt. Michael Pigott.
The Emergency Service Unit lieutenant from Sayville killed himself on Thursday morning, eight days after ordering an officer to use a Taser on a man who wound up falling to his death.
"It's a horrible, horrible thing," NYPD Officer Kerryann Douglass said. "He was a great man. He was a cop's cop."
An hour before the funeral at the United Methodist Church of Islip, two fire trucks were parked on each side of Main Street, ladders extended about 40 feet into the air and meeting halfway across. A large American flag hung from the ladders in preparation for the funeral procession.
Pigott was found dead early Thursday in a locker room at the unit's headquarters at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
The lieutenant had been put on modified duty after ordering the use of a Taser on a mentally distressed man who was naked and screaming on the ledge of a Brooklyn apartment building, waving a fluorescent light tube at police.
Once Tased, the man, Iman Morales, 35, collapsed, unconscious, and fell 10 feet to the pavement below. Morales hit his head and died.
After the incident, Pigott was reassigned to NYPD Fleet Services in Queens. Citing his failure to follow procedure, the NYPD stripped Pigott of his gun and badge.
A few days after the incident, Pigott told Newsday in an exclusive interview:
"I am truly sorry for what happened to Mr. Morales. I feel terrible about what happened to the man." The married father of three added: "I've been a police officer for 21 years. And I loved being with the Emergency Service Unit."
At his wake over the weekend, friends praised Pigott as a good cop, a good man, who made a decision that haunted him.
"It's a gut-wrenching situation," a New York City highway patrol officer who declined to identify himself said down the block from the church Monday morning. "I feel compelled to come out and show respect for the family."

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Dammit, you know, shit does happen. If 1000 people take a drug to cure this or that, it MIGHT kill 10. If you taser 1000 people, 5 might die. If you pepper spray 1000 people, 2 might die. If you lie 1000 persons on their stomachs when cuffed, 5 might die.

This is all theory, but SOB, are we supposed to stop doing everything because everything has potential to be fatal to SOMEONE! We (and this included doctors and pharmacists and anyone who does something, ANYTHING with people) are getting to the point where you cannot do a damn thing to anyone at anytime because it MIGHT be fatal.

Well GODDAMMIT, I'm a little sick and tired of blaming the death on the person who was doing the RIGHT thing and not the person who was doing the WRONG thing.

I swear, two days per year, EVERY YEAR, Every cop in America should just stay home and let crime run rampant and when asked, "Aren't you going to do something?" we can all say, "You know best, why don't you do what we do and see if you can do it better WITHOUT anyone getting hurt or offended or God forbid, killed." We don't want anyone to die and try harder than any other group in society to prevent it, but you can't make solid plans for EVERY instance and sadly very few people outside of the profession seem to understand that.

Sick of it, sick and tired.

But I still love my job and guess I, like the rest of you will keep going to work and trying to do what's right. Sigh.:sb:

May that poor bastard who killed himself Rest In Peace. I think if anyone has earned that right, he has after the torture he was no doubt put through but those scum who no doubt were planning, ARE planning a big $$$$ law suit.
 
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