Daniel Jensen of Pinellas Park, Florida, was simply trying to protect his house from burning down when he instinctively grabbed the garden hose
and began dousing the corner of his roof and backyard fence with water to prevent nearby flames from catching hold. But this was apparently
unacceptable behavior in the eyes of the local police department, whose corrupt officers decided it was somehow appropriate to aggressively taser
Jensen in the back for trying to protect his family and property from the approaching flames.
Pinellas Park Police Department sergeant who was on the scene began shouting at another officer to “hit him” and “take him down” with a
taser, statements which Jensen says he had no idea at that time were in reference to himself.
Even the snippet they show states something like the taser will only be used as a control device when there ia a chance that there will be a
confrontation that will result in injury to either the officer or the person 'being taken into custody'.
He should have shouted "NO" to the order and turned the hose on the officer
to keep him out of taser range to make his point.
There was no need to taser this guy "for his own safety." i Believe he was tasered
as punishment and retribution for not blindy following police orders.
The taser has become a wearon of punishment moreso than a safe means to subdue violence.
Cops use it to show who is boss......mostly. (I have to give a little benefit of doubt my father
was a career policeman)
Even if they do claim it was for his "safety," how is that any safer? Now he's still near the fire but he's also face down in a puddle of water
with however many volts of electricity pumping through him. Yep, that's safer all right.
And people say I'm nuts, look at the world, I'm a product of my environment
I am a retired/disabled police officer and if I am trying to protect my home or my family they had better bring more than just a taser with them.
I feel that the tasering was uncalled for simply because the man disobeyed orders to abandon his own property?
I have been present at and was first responder to many home and business fires and many home fires the property owner is there with the garden hose
trying their best to put out the blaze even though it is a losing battle. I have never had to drag one of these property owners away from trying to
protect their property.
In most cases the home is a complete loss but the property owner feels a little better about themselves because they did everything they possibly
could to protect their home.
Only on a couple of occasions have I had to actually bring someone out of a burning home. LEO are usually always the first responder to any emergency
and we have to be ready for anything but I think one of the most important things missing in todays LEO's is compassion/empathy.
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