A grisly surveillance video of a man’s suicide that appeared on a pornographic Web site prompted calls on Thursday for tighter controls on the use of security cameras in New York’s low-income housing.
The image of a distraught Paris Lane, 22, shooting himself in the head was captured on film in a Police Department surveillance system that lacks safeguards for privacy, experts and the victim’s family said at a hearing on the case.
The grainy footage shows Lane in the lobby of a public housing apartment building on March 16, hugging a girl, putting a gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger.
Lane, who wanted to be a rap star, was despondent because his girlfriend was breaking up with him, police said.
Since then, the images of the suicide appeared, were taken off and reappeared on a Web site filled with violent and racially offensive images under a heading, “Introducing: The Self-Cleansing Housing Projects.”