Police have attacked members of the public who encouraged a suicidal man to jump 60 feet off a ledge to his death by shouting “Get on with it”, “Go on, jump,” and even taunting him with cruel cries such as, “How far can you bounce?”
Such was the uncaring nature of the voyeuristic onlookers, some even filmed the man’s death on their mobile phones.
The Mirror reports that the victim, who was in his 40s, plunged to his death after jumping from the roof of a multi-story car park outside of the Southwater shopping centre in Telford, U.K.
Police arrived on the scene at about 1 p.m. and specialist negators attempted to keep the man calm and prevent him from jumping. Sadly, the police had to contend with a baying and bloodthirsty mob of shoppers whose taunting and sickening jests would have clashed directly with attempts to talk the man down.
Such sickening comments undoubtably caused untold damage to the man’s already fragile mental state and West Mercia Police have condemned the crowd’s actions as appalling.
Inspector Ben Smith said he was shocked at how members of the public could witness a vulnerable victim in need of help and think of nothing better to do than make sickening comments.
“It is pretty appalling because it is someone who is clearly in need of support and assistance. That behaviour is something we would condemn.”
“Clearly what that individual needed was time and space and a professional to help them out.”
“The individual would have been in need of care and support and appropriate intervention from medical professionals, so anything like that to encourage someone to jump should be unequivocally condemned.”
Eye witness Kelly-Anne Taylor who works in the shopping centre explained to the Mirror how she can’t stop thinking about what happened and how much she wishes she could have helped the man.
“People were recording it with their phones and yelling at him to jump. I can’t stop thinking about it. I was up town when it was happening and how much I wish I could have tried to help him.”
“I am so heartbroken for him and his family. Onlookers were yelling at him to jump. I am so disappointed in the actions of some of our citizens during a time of crisis. I am so incredibly sad for him. I work in town and I am going to find it hard to be up there every day.”
Kelly Porter-Smith also voiced her disgust at the bloodthirsty nature of the jeering mob and branded them evil.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was disgusted at their actions. Some of them were fully grown men, and should have known better. It made me ashamed to be from Telford. I cannot understand how people can be so evil.”
On Facebook, Rosie Brown wrote that the man was obviously depressed and that the crowd of onlookers should have known better.
“The people were goading the man to jump. May you or any member of your family and friends never reach a point in your life where you reach a dark place and the only option you feel will make the pain go away is to end it.
“Never judge until you have walked in those shoes. Depression is not a laughing matter.”
[Image Via The Mirror]