Mario Ocasio, 51, was “Tased” at his home in University Heights, where police were responding at 8 a.m. to a 911 call from his girlfriend, who claimed he was acting erratically.
She said she was afraid because Ocasio was high on drugs, possibly synthetic marijuana, and acting violently with the scissors, sources said.
After the incident, Ocasio was taken to New York- Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m.
His family disputed the police account, claiming Ocasio had dropped the scissors and was beaten by police in addition to being Tased.
“He did put them down. They still beat him viscously,” said the family’s lawyer, Israel Adam Burns, claiming Ocasio was Tased twice and suffered bruises from the beating.
Ocasio had a violent history with cops. He served a 19-year-prison term for the attempted murder of a police officer in 1985.
His other prior convictions were mostly related to drug possession and sales.