A Brooklyn man fell to his death on Tuesday. Jamel Chandler broadcast his last moments on Facebook Live, asking his audience to tune in while he faced arrest.
According to the NY Times, the police said they went to the Ingersoll Houses in Brooklyn on Saturday to arrest Chandler for robbing a cab driver. The 21-year-old recorded himself saying that he was scared that the authorities were at his door. “The cops is at the door right now looking for me, tune in,” he said. “I’m scared.” Chandler was released from prison in March after serving for grand larceny. He apparently threatened to jump and told his viewers: “If you don’t want me to jump, let me know.”
According to the police, Chandler did try to jump by making a rope of knotted bedsheets. When one of the knots came undone, he fell from his 11th floor apartment and died. The death was ruled accidental.
The publication says that Chandler had a history of recording himself on Facebook Live. Days before the fatal incident, he apparently streamed himself asking for viewers. “Off the xans,” he said, likely a reference to Xanax.“Could I please get some viewers?”
Portions of the original video—which is graphic—have been published by the NY Daily News.