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NYC Sued For Morgue Workers' Handling Of Body

NEW YORK (CBS 2) -- After seeing video of two city morgue workers dragging her late brother's body through the hallways of his Bronx apartment building, Sandy McBeth-Tuitt was distraught.

"I'm just very offended with the way he was handled. And I think about it every day," Tuitt said.

The video shows Ropell McBeth's body being dragged and shoved into an elevator, CBS 2's Chris Wragge reports.

When the workers reached the first floor, one man could be seen peering around the corner to make sure no one was looking. The workers then continued to drag McBeth out of the building and down the cement stairs.

McBeth's family is now suing the city for emotional distress.

Their lawyer, Salvatore Desantis, said the workers threw the man's body like it was "garbage."

"Once I saw the video, I got very inflamed and wondered to myself how many others have been treated in this fashion," Desantis said.

"There was just no reason for the way that they removed the body," Tuitt said.

The city's only comment Monday night was the following statement:

"Since the case is in litigation at this time, we feel it would be inappropriate to comment on case details."


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