LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is circulating a link to dramatic video footage it says shows officers hoisting a suicidal man back from the edge of the 13th floor of a downtown apartment building.

In the incident, caught on tape Thursday, several officers can be seen scrambling to pull a man back onto a ledge.

Officers lean through safety railings then grab him by his underwear and grapple with him for several minutes as his legs flail over the abyss.

The LAPD says the man, in his early 30s, was distraught after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Lt. Paul Vernon says the man bit the arm of one officer who, despite the pain, did not let go.

The man was not arrested but was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Ken says:

    What you mean they did not arrest the person taking video of them doing their Job?

    apparently they are very selective about tha type of arrest.

    PS kudos to the police officers for doing the right thing

    1. Monstera Deliciosa says:

      Who are you to judge what is the “right thing”? What if after saving this man he goes and kills his ex-girlfriend? Then will it have been the “right thing”? Maybe he should have had no attention payed to him. With no audience, people who crave attention are forced to change tactics.

      1. Monster is H0M0 says:

        Hey monster hypocrite, Yeah you. Don’t try to deny it, you are judgemental. You may not say it here, but it is human nature to judge. Just like you are doing while sitting at your computer.


  2. Monstera Deliciosa says:

    This man should be arrested and fined an amount equivalent to the cost of the emergency service personnel who were required to stop his escapade.

    1. Yeah Yeah says:

      Oh, he will be billed for the services. but we will see the bill for his psyke evaluation & treatment.

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