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Man tasered for trying to prevent fire from spreading to his property

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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.

 

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  1. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 14th, 2012

    I guess unionized policemen are not into an old fashioned bucket brigade. That’s left to the unionized firemen and evidently Mr. Jensen wasn’t union.

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  2. even steven

    November 14th, 2012

    Goonionized cops. It’s what I would expect from goons. Friggin’ morons.

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  3. ? everything

    November 14th, 2012

    in this case I am definately on the side of the lawyers

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  4. persecutor

    November 14th, 2012

    The question is why wasn’t the fire department providing a line to protect that exposure? Too much like doing their job? (Even a ten year volunteer fireman like me knows you have to protect your exposures from fire extension)

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  5. pdwalker

    November 14th, 2012

    Unfuckingbelievable!

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  6. RANDO

    November 14th, 2012

    So, the crime was not letting the Gov’t take care of him?

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  7. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 14th, 2012

    NEVER, EVER, EVER take anything from Miami’s “News10″ at face value.

    Ever.

    They are the worst of the MSM that we bitch about here all the time.

    Blacks are ALWAYS right; police are ALWAYS wrong.

    Just because the election is over, don’t let your guard down. The MSM will only get worse now.

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  8. Carlos The Jackal

    November 14th, 2012

    We’ve had it drummed into our heads since kindergarten that “the police are there to help you.”
    This can’t be true.
    Sarc/off

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  9. Bob M.

    November 14th, 2012

    Straightjacket the officers, and toss ‘em in a saltwater tank.

    Duct tape a tazer in the “ON” position, and toss it in with them, until it’s completely discharged…

    … in a few hours…

    >:-(

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  10. Hank

    November 14th, 2012

    Here’s what was probably going on. The fire dept. had not arrived, but the police were there for some time. The fire was probably set intentionally for whatever reason. The homeowner of the house on fire knew the poloce chief. The neighbor was allowed to spray his own home and was probably subdued when he tried to push back the fire by spraying the neighbor’s home.

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  11. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 14th, 2012

    Okay. I’m torn on this one. Because I’m a cop and people can be stupid.

    I don’t think they should have tasered him, but, consider this headline:

    “Cops stand idly by as man dies trying to put out fire”

    They would be crucified in the press if they let that man get too close to the flames and he was hurt or died.

    Some people, not all, but some people need to be stopped from doing stupid stuff. They need to be protected from themselves.

    And remember, how many times have you guys ever been arrested or been on tv? Who are these dimbulbs who wind up on tv with these stories? There’s always more to the story.

    If you’re neighbor’s house was on fire and his family was out and safe, would you stop him from getting too close to a raging fire to save “stuff”?

    Or would you let him get too close, possibly pass out from the smoke and then force you to risk your life to save him from a stupid decision?

    I really doubt what the police were quoted as saying is not exactly what was said. I know because it’s happened to me so many times. More likely they said, “stuff is not worth your life, it can be replaced by insurance, you can’t be replaced” or something similar.

    Sorry. Just my opinion……

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  12. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 14th, 2012

    “I really doubt what the police were quoted as saying is exactly what was said…”

    is what i meant. Got ahead of myself.

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  13. AbigailAdams

    November 14th, 2012

    For quite a while now there’s always been at least three sides to every story: the victim, the perpetrator and “the news.” I’m w/you, muddjuice. If it bleeds it leads. You can always tell a slow news day by the hyperbole and alarmist “news” media. God help us anyone should ever try to actually explain the facts and the truth of Benghazi. What a snore that would be.

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  14. Carlos The Jackal

    November 14th, 2012

    Most altercations I’ve seen between citizens and “law enforcement” lately have been more for the gross violation of “contempt of cop” than violation of any law.
    Contempt of cop is usually appropriate, too.

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  15. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 14th, 2012

    And how many altercations have you personally witnessed?

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  16. Carlos The Jackal

    November 14th, 2012

    Enough.

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  17. J. Galt

    November 14th, 2012

    @ muddjuice

    I don’t think much of any argument that begins with the setup, “what if…” or “consider this…”

    Why not?

    Because it doesn’t take much of a wordsmith to set up any Freaking scenario imaginable.

    I only respect an argument that addresses the facts at hand.

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  18. Billy Fuster

    November 14th, 2012

    Anyone else here wonder if his house was damaged or burned down? What an asinine article that doesn’t answer that question.

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  19. Death_By_Farts

    November 14th, 2012

    Agreed, mudjuice…I’m a former Deputy Sheriff, and a Taser instructor.

    “Jensen was still shaken and visibly emotional”
    Bullshit. I’ve been tased and dry-tased well over 5 or 6 times for training, and I got over it in about 30 seconds each time.
    What he’s doing is auditioning for his lawsuit where he’ll be demanding a rediculously high amount of free money so he won’t have to ever work again.

    I wasn’t there, but if the police tried to pull him back for his own safety, and he resisted them, well then congrats; you just earned yourself an 8 second ride on the electric bull…and it SUCKS.

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  20. Death_By_Farts

    November 14th, 2012

    Also, the dumbass flat-out lied about being “electrocuted in the water” You can lie in a bathtub full of water, get tazed, and not be electrocuted…FACT.

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  21. Carlos The Jackal

    November 14th, 2012

    The facts were; on his own property, trying to protect it and committing no crimes. The cops were WAY out of line, and I hope Mr. Jensen DOES sue the crap out of them.
    They get away with too much of this judge and jury shit.

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  22. "That Guy"

    November 14th, 2012

    He seems rather talkative for someone who was “electrocuted.”

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  23. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 15th, 2012

    @ Galt

    I agree with the first 4 words of your comment after “@ Muddjuice”.

    What were we all saying prior to the election? What if he gets re-elected? People use “what ifs” every day. Its a great way to plan for events and future problems that may occur.

    I accept that you are entitled to your opinion, but you brought nothing to the discussion….

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  24. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 15th, 2012

    @ Carlos and Galt

    We (you and I) have no facts. We are only given what the press tells us.

    I’m sorry, but the only way to know what actually happened is to have been there and witnessed it or to be on the jury and get all the facts straight from the sources.

    Other than that, we are all playing “what if” because that’s all we have. Limited facts, suppositions and a lot of “feelings”.

    My opinion. There is more to this story. Based on my personal experience. I have tasered and been present when people are tasered. It is not fun for the person receiving the ride. Despite common perception, cops don’t deploy the taser just cause someone is mouthy with them. Its monitored closely and each deployment is investigated.

    The guy may have had it coming. The cops may have “acted stupidly”. But none of us knows….

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  25. Anonymous

    November 16th, 2012

    Time to return fire with some 7.62x51mm AP.

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