Have you heard about Jamel Chandler? Although Facebook killer Steve Stephens has been dominating news headlines, Jamel Chandler was another person who broadcasted a disturbing, fatal incident on Facebook Live – his own death. According to New York Daily News, Chandler was a suspect for a cab driver robbery and the police were looking for him.
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The six-minute video begins with the police knocking at Chandler’s door. The 18-year-old, who goes by the name Mell DeCaprio on Facebook, began filming shortly after the ordeal began. “Cops is at my door. They looking for me right now. They about to arrest me … I’m about to get arrested, they’re about to lock me up. Tune in, tune in, tune in.”
Minutes later, Chandler tells his audience his plan to jump out of 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.”
It has been reported that officers had not been inside the apartment when Chandler jumped, but once they were made aware of the video, they reportedly made an effort to enter the apartment. Chander is said to have a criminal background and served time in prison for his involvement in a scam. Since his release from jail, he’d been staying at his friend’s apartment and sleeping on the couch.
He reportedly tied five bedsheets into knots so he could escape the police by climbing out of the window. But when he jumped out, one of the knots in the bedsheet came undone. Chandler had climbed down approximately four stories before falling seven stories to his death. Although he reportedly stopped filming right before he jumped, the final moments of his life were broadcasted on Facebook Live and the video stayed on the social network for hours. One Brooklyn man shared his opinion of the disturbing footage.
“It’s a shame, you know. That’s going to be all over Facebook,” said Donnel Brown, of Brooklyn. “That’s not a good thing either. This man lost his life, and now millions of people are going to see the actual footage.”
In the wake of the latest Facebook tragedy where Steve Stephens murdered Robert Godwin, Sr., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a press conference to address the shooting. Zuckerberg and his team of developers are currently working on ways to prevent tragedies from being broadcasted on the network.
“We have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the Ohio shooting. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.”