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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

NYC cop in Taser death says he's "truly sorry"

October 1, 2008

NEW YORK - The New York City police commander who authorized the use of a Taser stun gun on a distraught, naked Brooklyn man who fell to his death has apologized for what happened.

Lt. Michael Pigot says he is "truly sorry for what happened" to Iman Morales, who was stunned with the Taser as he teetered on a building's ledge. The 50,000-volt shock caused him to topple 10 feet, headfirst, into a sidewalk. He suffered fatal injuries.

Pigot declined to give his version of events to a Newsday reporter who approached him Tuesday outside his Sayville home. The officer's apology came as the Morales family held a wake for the 35-year-old man.

All 400 members of the Emergency Services Unit have been ordered to receive a refresher course in Taser use.

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