GUN Naked man falls to death after being hit by Taser in NYC

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Naked man falls to death after being hit by Taser in NYC
    By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press
    Sept. 25, 2008, 11:35AM


    NEW YORK — An officer appears to have violated police department guidelines when he used a Taser stun gun on a naked, distraught man teetering on a building ledge, officials said today.

    Inman Morales, 35, was pronounced dead at a hospital after his nearly 10-foot fall Wednesday. Police said he suffered serious head trauma when he hit the sidewalk.

    Officers had radioed for an inflatable bag as the incident unfolded, but it had not yet arrived at the scene when Morales fell.

    "None of the ... officers on the scene were positioned to break his fall, nor did they devise a plan in advance to do so," said chief department spokesman Paul Browne.

    The lieutenant who directed the use of the stun gun was stripped of his gun and badge, and the officer who shocked Morales was placed on desk duty as the investigation continues. Their names were not released.

    Witnesses and neighbors said Morales had become distraught and threatened to kill himself earlier in the day. When police arrived in response to a 911 call, he fled naked out the window of his third-floor apartment, clambered down to a ledge and began jabbing at officers with an 8-foot-long fluorescent light.

    An amateur video posted on the Web site of the New York Post shows one of the officers raising a stun gun at Morales, who freezes and topples over headfirst as the crowd screams.

    The man's death renewed focus on the use of stun guns by the NYPD. Thousands of city police sergeants began carrying Tasers on their belts this year after the department expanded use of the weapons. The pistol-shaped weapons fire barbs up to 35 feet and deliver 50,000-volt shocks to immobilize people.

    Browne said guidelines specifically prohibit the use of stun guns when the subject may fall from an elevated surface

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    He got what he wanted, I don't see the problem :dunno:
     
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    Nearly 10 foot fall.

    How could he even breathe up there?
     
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    Do you think the bulb lit up when he got tased?
     
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    I think they accidentally used the African American sized box on a hispanic guy.
     
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    Actually, I bet it did:eek5:
     
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    why is it when they do something like this they "get their gun and badge stripped"...

    but when they do something like raid the wrong house and shoot someones dog they "get put on paid leave"...?
     
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    or a medal for not being shot :ugh2:
     
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    I wish I could get put on paid leave. When they called to let me come back I'd take my vacation days :cool:
     
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    this made headline news here in aus and reignited the debate about tasers... :rolleyes:
     
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    Monday morning quarterbacking, but I gotta wonder what the cop thought was going to happen when the dude lost all voluntary muscle control.
     
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    Cops are way too fucking trigger happy with those things. When they first deployed they were marketed as "less than lethal". Now they are a cops answer to everything.
     
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    Most departments have them before spray or physical contact on the use of force continuum. They are favored over other forms of force because it does not require the officer to contact the individual, reducing risk of injury, nor does it contaminant the person or area with chemicals that may affect the officer or other bystanders.

    That's why you see them used so often.
     
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    The lieutenant who ordered the cop to shoot the naked guy with the taser was stripped of his badge and gun then reassigned to desk duty.

    This morning he used someone else's gun and killed himself.
     
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    I use mine to reheat my coffee
     
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    The officer who used the taser is no less responsible than the CO who ordered its use. If he was able to see that it was clearly a situation where it should not have been employed, he should have refused the order, or at least registered his protest in some verifiable manner. So I'd be interested to know if the officer's badge was pulled too.
     
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