Pinellas Park, Florida — Daniel Jensen wasn’t running from the law, he was trying to protect his home from burning up. Yet, Pinellas Park Police tasered him in the process. Jensen and his attorney say it’s an excessive use of force.
Jensen was still shaken and visibly emotional as he retold what happened last Thursday evening. He said being tasered by police has not only impacted him, but it also impacted his children, who saw it all happen.
He described the Pinellas Park Police officers actions as “brutal.” He said they showed “no compassion.”
“All I remember is laying in water, being electrocuted for saving my home,” said Jensen.
Four days later, burns on Daniel Jensen’s body still mark where the stun gun’s probes hit him. He says they tasered him for doing what any father and husband would do protect his family’s home from an out-of-control grease fire.
The 42-year-old father of two recalls his wife waking him around 6 in the evening, saying there’s a big fire at his neighbor’s house.
“I could hear it, I could feel it,” he explained.
He ran outside and grabbed a fire extinguisher. He sprayed it until it was empty.
“I was calling for my daughter and getting no response. I came out, grabbed the hose and sprayed her room until I heard she was out. I was always taught to help when you can; help is what I tried to do,” said Jensen.
He continued to recount the events. He said he then took the garden hose and started watering down his fence and the back corner of his rooftop, trying to prevent the fire from spreading to his property. But with each attempt, Daniel said Pinellas Park Police kept pulling him back… even though firefighters were not in sight.
“They kept telling me, ‘Let it go, that’s what insurance is for.’ That’s not acceptable to me,” said Jensen.