Man falls to death after being tasered by police

By David Edwards
Thursday, September 25, 2008 6:41 EDT
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Newsday reported:

“A naked, distraught man fell to his death from a Brooklyn building’s ledge after a police officer shocked him with a Taser stun gun, authorities said.”

“Iman Morales, 35, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead after his nearly 10-foot fall Wednesday in the Bedford-Stuyvesent section. Police said he suffered serious head trauma.”

“The death of the man, who witnesses and neighbors said had become distraught and had threatened to kill himself earlier in the day, brought renewed focus to the use of Tasers by the Police Department.”

“In a video posted on the Web site of the New York Post, Morales can be seen clambering along a building’s fire escape until he reaches a ledge over a shuttered storefront, where he begins swinging a fluorescent light several feet long at officers below. One of the officers raises a Taser at Morales, who freezes and topples over headfirst. ”

This video is from NYPost.com, broadcast September 24, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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