The NYPD is under fire, after apparently violating department guidelines by using a Taser stun gun on a naked, distraught man who then ultimately fell from a Brooklyn building ledge and died.
Officers were called to the building on Tompkins Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant Wednesday afternoon, where they found 35-year-old Inman Morales naked and standing out on a fire escape. Witnesses and neighbors say Morales had threatened to kill himself earlier in the day.
Police say when they attempted to calm him down, Morales began waving an eight-foot long florescent light bulb at them. That's when one of the officers, advised by one of the lieutenants on scene, took out his taser gun and fired.
Police say Inman Morales bashed his head on the sidewalk and suffered serious trauma from the nearly 10-foot fall.
The lieutenant who ordered the use of the stun gun has been stripped of his gun and badge, and the officer who shot the man has been placed on desk duty.
Officers said they called for an inflatable bag, but it had not arrived yet when Morales fell. A department spokesman says none of the officers on the scene were able to break the man's fall.