Carried off: The events leading up to the arrest are unknown but the man was put on a gurney and carted into an ambulance. The bag apparently has ventilation, according to a police spokesperson.
That’s one way to wrap up a case — a man went berserk in Manhattan, so cops zipped him head-to-toe in a body bag, bizarre video footage reveals.
Five cops bound the apparently violent man by his wrists and ankles — and wrapped him like a burrito in a blue NYPD bag — before hauling him away, according to the footage uploaded on YouTube Thursday.
The video doesn’t show what prompted cops to stuff him in the sack — and the NYPD refused to release any details.
But stunned pedestrians stopped to stare at the man in the bag — which cops later said is used to keep emotionally disturbed people from hurting themselves or others — near 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.
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But using the bag is part of police protocol when restraining some emotionally disturbed people, an NYPD spokeswoman said Friday.
“[The NYPD] uses the device when an EDP is violent and may cause harm to themselves or others. The bag is ventilated and they can breathe,” the spokeswoman said.
They are used by Emergency Service Unit officers, who respond to calls about mentally ill people and other extreme situations.
Roughly 20 minutes after cops zipped the man in the sack, they lifted him onto a gurney and carted him away in an ambulance.
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The bags, which feature a strong fabric, sell for roughly $750 on some police-supply Web sites.
Another reason not to mess with the NYPD
By Natalie Musumeci
New York Post
March 25, 2016 | 4:50pm
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An onlooker filmed the bizarre encounter in the West Village on March 18 and posted it to YouTube on Thursday, according to the New York Post.
In the footage, a group of around five officers can be seen holding the man on the ground near the entrance of a subway station while they search him for weapons.
The officers then appear to carry the unidentified man by his hands and feet before putting him face down in a body bag, closing it, and tightening the straps as though it were a piece of luggage.
'Dude, that is the craziest sh** I've ever seen done to somebody in my whole f****** life. Holy s***. What do you even call that thing?,' the onlooker, identified as a man named Mike by Gothamist, could be heard saying as her recorded it all on his mobile device.
The events leading up to the arrest are unknown but the man was put on a gurney and carted into an ambulance, according to Gothamist.
Mike could be heard saying that the police 'maced' the man before allegedly kneeing him to the ground.
According to a police spokeswoman, the bag is used on emotionally disturbed individuals (EDP) who could potentially cause harm to themselves or someone else, according to the New York Post.
'The bag is ventilated and they can breathe,' the spokeswoman added.
The EDP bag was first produced by a company called HELGEN for the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit, according to Gothamist.
'The EDP Bag deploys in a split second and can be used to secure an EDP (emotionally disturbed person) in just moments. The fabric is strong and allows fluids to pass through, and can be cleaned and decontaminated easily after each use. Seven handles make it easy to manage and carry,' according to the product description.
The price of the bag is listed as $752.88 on a police supply website.
The shocking moment NYPD officers restrain man then put him face down in a BODY BAG before sealing it like a piece of luggage
An onlooker filmed the bizarre encounter in the West Village on March 18 and posted it to YouTube on Thursday
According to a police spokeswoman, the bag is used on emotionally disturbed individuals (EDP) who could cause harm to themselves or others
The price of the bag is listed as $752.88 on a police supply website
By ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 20:27 EST, 25 March 2016 | UPDATED: 20:33 EST, 25 March 2016