Florida Man Shot With Police Taser While Fighting A Fire
Via Miami Herald
The fire was all around Dan Jensen.
He could see it. He could smell it. He could hear it.
It was close enough to touch. It was burning down his neighbor’s house. It was creeping toward Jensen’s own fence 10 feet away, and he started spraying the fire with his hose.
Police ordered Jensen to get back, and he complied.
But after a few minutes passed without firefighters arriving, a frustrated Jensen stepped forward and leaned down to grab the skinny gray garden hose once again.
Sounds reasonable enough, right?
That’s when he heard the order.
“Hit ‘em! Take him down! Tase him!”
Within moments, Jensen was on the ground. He felt electric.
“It was all over me,” Jensen said. “Crawling all over me.”
Now was all that really necessary??
“It was wrong,” he said. “There’s no way around it. … I was fighting a fire. I wasn’t fighting police. I thought they were here to help me. Instead, they hurt me.”
Police said they can sympathize with the stress Jensen was under. But they said he put himself and officers in danger when he refused to back down from fighting the fire…
…Officials told the Times it took six minutes for fire fighters to respond.
“That’s my home,” Jensen said Monday, his voice breaking. “That’s my family.”
Cops ain’t isht sometimes. That said, Jensen should just be lucky he got tased, had be been Black, well…
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