Smoker on Second Floor Window Ledge Mistaken for Suicide Threat and Wrestled Into the Psych Ward by Police

Smoker on Ledge


Mark Moody of Manhattan is suing the city of New York for $400 000 over an incident this month that left him handcuffed and dumped in a psych ward.

Moody, who smokes on his window ledge (on the second floor) to minimize the smell of smoke in his apartment was having a cigarette earlier this month when a police car screeched to a stop below him. Two police officers got out and asked Moody if he was about to commit suicide, to which the 40 year old lawyer replied, “If I was going to commit suicide, this would be a pretty dumb place to do it. If I jumped from here, I’d just sprain my ankle.”

Police insisted that the man come down to talk, but Moody refused – which led to the arrival of 4 more police cars and 3 ambulances and to police officers storming his apartment, handcuffing him and dragging him by force to a local psychiatric hospital.

Taken to Beth Israel Medical Centre, the on-duty psychiatrist spoke to Moody for about 3 minutes, before writing discharge papers and apologizing on behalf of the city.

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