The city is fighting to keep private the suicide note penned by an NYPD lieutenant who shot himself after ordering the use of a Taser on emotionally disturbed man. Facing a $10 million lawsuit from the family of Iman Morales — who died after being shot with the Taser and falling from a second-story roof ledge — the city is trying to withhold Lt. Michael Pigott's suicide note, which attorneys representing Morales' family say is a necessary part of their case the Post reports.
The city claims that Pigott's suicide note — in which he reportedly wrote: "I was trying to protect my guys that day... I can't bear to lose my family and go to jail" — is irrelevant to the legal proceedings. Pigott killed himself shortly after Morales' death amidst intense scrutiny over his actions. Days later, prosecutors said they didn't intend to charge him with a criminal offense. Pigott's wife has filed her own lawsuit against the city, arguing that NYPD brass scapegoated her husband and caused him to commit suicide.