Lately, Facebook Live has been the source of documenting horrific events. A Brooklyn man who was trying to avoid police arrest, ultimately fell to his death out of an 11-story window on Tuesday (April 18), the NY Daily News reports. The deceased, now identified as 21-year-old Jamel Chandler, recorded his final moments on Facebook Live before the fatal plunge.
Police reportedly arrived to Chandler’s Fort Greene residence Tuesday afternoon. Chandler was a suspect in the robbery of a delivery car driver, authorities confirm. As they knocked on his home door, the Brooklynite began a nearly six-minute video on FB Live (now taken down from the social platform), explaining his situation to his following. “Cops is at my door. They looking for me right now. They about to arrest me,” he said looking into the camera. “I’m about to get arrested, they’re about to lock me up. Tune in, tune in, tune in.”
A few moments later, Chandler revealed his intent to jump out the window. “I’m about to go to jail … and I ain’t been home a whole month,” he said. “I’m about to jump out the window. I’m on the 11th floor. I’m about to jump, bro, jump. If you want to jump, let me know. They right there bro.” The 21-year-old reportedly used a rope made out of leopard-print bed sheets to scale down the building, the Daily News reports. But the sheets were unable to hold his weight, causing him to plummet to the concrete ground. Medics rushed Chandler to Brooklyn Hospital shortly around 6p.m., but he died upon arrival, an FDNY spokesman confirms.
Neighbors suggest Chandler had just finished a prison term and was crashing on a friend’s couch. Chandler had 29 prior arrests before his death, according to police records. He was previously arrested for allegedly attacking a man at a Starbucks in New York City’s East Village, as well as stealing from nine other civilians at various coffee shops and stores.
Despite his soiled legal record, Chandler’s mother, Joyce Ford, remembers her son as a “happy-go-lucky young man” who fell in with the wrong crowd. “I can’t believe my child is in that morgue. It’s just not fair,” Ford told the Daily News, in tears. “He wanted more out of life than life was offering.” Ford also questioned why her son was so afraid of the police. “Why would he go through all of that? What made him so scared,” she asked, calling for an investigation into her son’s death. “I want to make sure there was no foul play. Some officers were at the door I want to make sure none of them did this to him.”
Despite allegations, police assert that they were not in the home when Chandler went out the window. One team reportedly waited outside of the door while another team stood their post outside. When the ground authorities alerted their colleagues to Chandler’s attempted escape, police reportedly entered the residence. Chandler is survived by his mother and his 4-year-old daughter, Janiyah.