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Body cam captures Duluth officer pulling potential jumper to safety

A dramatic body camera video released by Duluth police on Wednesday shows an officer rescuing a man who threatened to jump from the top of a downtown parking ramp.

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A dramatic body camera video released by Duluth police on Wednesday shows an officer rescuing a man who threatened to jump from the top of a downtown parking ramp.

A dramatic body camera video released by Duluth police on Wednesday shows an officer rescuing a man who threatened to jump from the top of a downtown parking ramp.

The video, recorded on Sept. 19, shows officer Joe DeJesus pulling the 32-year-old man to safety from his seat on the ledge of the Holiday Center ramp along Third Avenue West. Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay posted the video to Facebook, where it was being widely shared. "This is an example of the life saving work our officers do every day," Ramsay added. "The male was taken in for help and was uninjured thanks to the excellent work by Officer DeJesus."

The video shows DeJesus' perspective as he approaches the man. The officer keeps his distance, but engages in a calm conversation for several minutes. DeJesus then returns to his squad car and retrieves a cigarette for the man. The man extends his arm to grab it, and DeJesus grabs ahold of him, pulling him down to safety.

Police redacted identifying information from the video, blacking out the man’s face. Officials often have cited privacy for those in mental health crises as a reason to not release police body camera video.

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