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dv8 Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 12:33AM

Police fired a Taser at a naked Brooklyn man armed with only a fluorescent light tube yesterday, sending him falling to his death from a second-floor ledge after he went on a 40-minute rant.

Iman Morales' mom begged cops not to hurt her son, telling them he's sick - then watched in horror as he plunged from the top of the roll-down gate on which he'd been perched.

An Emergency Services officer, acting on the orders of his boss, fired at the 35-year-old man at around 2 p.m., as he waved the 8-foot fluorescent light tube, police sources said.

"His body froze up and he fell face-first," said Sean Johnson, who witnessed the drama at 489 Tompkins Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Morales, who crashed 10 feet to the pavement, died a few hours later at Kings County Hospital.



Asked if police followed the proper protocol for using a Taser, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said, "That's being reviewed."

A New York Police Department lieutenant was stripped of his gun and badge, and the officer who used the stun gun on the man was placed on administrative duty Thursday, officials said.

Amid his mostly unintelligible rant, Morales was heard yelling, "You're going to kill me. I'm going to take everyone with me."

He also screamed, "I'm going to die. You're all going to die with me."

Morales first emerged hanging out a third-floor window after a blowup with his mother at around 1 p.m., witnesses said.

Twenty minutes later, he climbed the fire escape to the fourth floor, where he tried to force his way into a neighbor's apartment.

"He tried to come into my window and I ran out," said 40-year-old Tonya Wright.

"He said, 'Let me in.' I told him, 'I'm not letting you in.' "

Morales then headed to the second floor and screamed to the crowd, which included his frantic mom.

"She was saying, 'No! No! Don't hurt him. He is sick,' " Wright said.

With police shouting for him to get down, Morales made his way to a ledge above a the gate.

"Walk down now! Move down!" the police can be heard shouting to him on video.

He then picked up the light tube and waved it in the air before jabbing cops who had climbed out of the windows above.

"When he was poking the cop, people were laughing," Johnson said.

He refused orders from the officers and continued his incoherent tirade.

Finally, one of the ESU cops on the street shot him with the Taser.

"He just fell face first," said witness Sean Brown. "People were screaming and yelling. It was wrong."

It was unclear what set off the episode, but, said Johnson, "once he started hitting the cop with that pole, that's when it turned serious."

Morales had one prior arrest, for a Manhattan petit larceny.

"This is very out of character," said the building's superintendent, Charlene Gayle, 31.

"Nice guy, clean cut, well kept, never irrational. Didn't have irrational behavior."

Additional reporting by Larry Celona
Josh Edmunds Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 02:52AM

He fell 10 feet from the second floor to the group?
That would make the ground and 1st floors only 5 feet high each.

Is it a smurf building?
woberto Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 04:42AM

Next time, just do what the police fucking ask you.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 10:08AM

There's gonna be a next time for him? confused
smiley
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 12:38PM

Sad to see someone buy the farm from such a simple act of stupidity. But ... aggressive behavior towards the cops is never a wise move espially when open threats have already been made too, and is often met with more serious actions in return.

Did the cops over react, possibly, dunno for sure. One thing I'm sure of is I won't be found standin naked on a railing, spouting threats and pokin at cops with a glass tube to gauge their reactions grinning
smiley

smoking
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zxz555 Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 03:54PM

One thing I'm sure of is I won't be found standin naked on a railing, spouting threats and pokin at cops with a glass tube to gauge their reactions

at least not for the 3rd Saturday night in a row, eh Kim? smileys
with beer


I thought this guy the finger
smiley was giving the thumbs up, turns out it's the finger! eye popping
smiley
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 04:13PM

Hey, that was supposed to be a secret Z. But ... tell your G/F I'm willin to try it again if she's gotten over the soreness smiling
bouncing smiley

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N10 Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 07:46PM

Whatever happened to police saving lives????. This guy certainly had his problems and not in his right mind. But why would a cop feel his life was in danger because of a light blub???? They need to come up with a better excuse than that. Makes them look stupid, almost as stupid as shooting a citizen 40 times because he pulled a WALLET.
Placelowerplace Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 09:24PM

When did this happen? Date?
woberto Report This Comment
Date: September 26, 2008 11:18PM

On or about the date of posting P-Lo.
Placelowerplace Report This Comment
Date: September 27, 2008 02:12AM

Not always berto-fag
where is the cock Report This Comment
Date: September 28, 2008 06:23AM

This man has no dick!
pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: September 28, 2008 10:30PM

PRIVATE PYLE, WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION??
ORLANDO399 Report This Comment
Date: September 28, 2008 11:13PM

Exactly what i was thinking pro
N10 Report This Comment
Date: September 29, 2008 08:51PM

You mean to tell me YOU did not know about the shooting by the NYPD about 5 years ago,where they shot a man 40 times and all he had on him was his wallet. Hell they found bullet holes on the bottom of his feet. Do you live in the USA???. It was on the news for months,and the written investagation was released about a year ago. The police involved in the shooting were cleared of any wrong doing. But NY City lost the civil case big time.
woberto Report This Comment
Date: October 02, 2008 11:23PM

[www.smh.com.au]
Cop involved in this case kills himself...