Posts Tagged ‘suicide’

Cop Who Ordered Naked Man Tasered Commits Suicide

October 2, 2008
Lt. Michael Pigott
Lt. Michael Pigott

UPDATE: Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly confirms suicide was Pigott.

He said that Lieutenant Pigott went to Floyd Bennett Field alone, early in the morning, and entered a locker room, where he gained access to a weapon that was not his: a 9-millimeter Glock. Then, he shot himself in the head, spokesman Paul J. Browne said. His body was discovered in the locker room by a service member who was coming on duty at about 6 a.m.

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Lt. Michael Pigott, the NYC police lieutenant who gave the order to fire a Taser stun gun at a man who then fell to his death in Brooklyn, committed suicide at Floyd Bennett Field early on Thursday.  Pigott, a 21-year veteran of the force, had been placed on modified assignment without his gun and badge after he gave the order to a sergeant to fire the Taser at a Bedford-Stuyvesant man, Iman (Inman?) Morales.

Police will only officially confirm that “a” lieutenant took his own life. But he’s been identified by other police sources as Lieutenant Michael Pigott.

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Detroit Police Firearms Lab Closed, Now Conducted by State

September 25, 2008

After an attorney determined that Detroit police mishandled evidence in a shooting case, an audit was conduceted, revealing a 10% error rate in ballistic evidence.  The firearms lab has been shut down indefinitely, and all ballistics testing will be conducted by Michigan State Police.

This brings up an interesting point.  What is a ‘normal’ error rate in regards to evidence?  What is an ‘acceptable’ error rate?  What is the State Police’s error rate? 

In an apparently unrelated story, an unknown 300-lb. man grabbed an officer’s gun and shot himself in the head at the Detroit Police Crime Lab just last week.