A Man Died After the NYPD Tasered Him
According to police, the man threatened officers with a glass bottle when they confronted him.
NYPD photo via Flickr user Billie Grace Ward
This article originally appeared on VICE US.
Police responded to a call around 5:30 PM describing someone "acting violently" and armed with a knife in the Bronx neighbourhood of Pelham Bay. According to the NYPD, the man threatened the officers with a glass bottle when they confronted him at a basement apartment.
The four officers reportedly shot the man multiple times with a Taser. And although no official autopsy has been reported—and thus no official cause of death known—this would mark the second time in recent weeks that the NYPD killed someone showing signs of mental illness in the Bronx, according to the New York Times.
Family members say the man who died Wednesday had a learning disability, the Daily News reports.
Police performed CPR at the scene Wednesday and transported the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after apparently suffering cardiac arrest.
"He's not an aggressive guy at all," the man's upstairs neighbour told the Daily News. "He was real good with my son. My son called him 'Big Buddy.'"