A "crazy naked man" fell ten feet from a ledge in Brooklyn and died from head trauma after a police officer tasered him on Wednesday. The man -- Inman Morales, 35 -- previously worked in the financial industry and had stopped taking his medication. The article doesn't go into what kind of medication or condition Mr. Morales suffered from, but when a neighbor had found him in the hallway acting a bit strangely she called 911; emergency services chased him onto a balcony, then to a fire escape.
City Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said in a telephone interview that the situation could have been handled better by the police.
"My first take is that while I’m sure there are no experts out there on how to handle a crazy naked man with a weapon on top of a ledge, I’m also sure this wasn’t the right way," Mr. Vallone said on Wednesday evening.
Er, yeah -- understandably, there aren't too many experts on crazy naked people waving weapons from atop ledges.
Meanwhile, as officials begin to investigate the incident further to determine just what the proper way to address crazy naked people atop ledges should be, two relatively unrelated items of no particular import also bubbled to the top of random news for the morning:
- An Exxon official said that the recovery effort and time from Hurricane Ike could take weeks, and
- John McCain announced that he was suspending his campaign in order to head right back to Washington, DC in order to address the financial crisis.
Happily, the world continues to turn, even as the economy -- and those who helped to deregulate it and thus helped bring this fiscal folly to fruition -- craters and burns around us. In the midst of this, the Democrats announce a breakthrough to the bailout crisis and Warren Buffet's timebomb goes off on Wall Street, while Jack Welch says the US faces a deep downturn.
...come to think of it, there may just be a new market niche opening for folks who are able to counsel crazy naked people on ledges, which may soon become a new national phenomena as the rosy financial forecasts continue.
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