All Dan Jensen wanted to do was save his home from catching fire, but after attempting several times to pick up a garden hose to fight off the flames that were jumping onto his roof, police in Florida decided to run 50,000 volts through him in an effort to protect him … from himself.
No really. This just happened. The Tamp Bay Times has the story here:
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.
That’s when he heard the order.
“Hit ’em! Take him down! Tase him!”
Within moments, Jensen was on the ground.
If you thought that wasn’t bad enough, the police officers involved actually claimed that by not charging Jensen with obstruction, they were doing him not only the favour of keeping him out of jail but that by tasering him they were protecting him even further.
Watch the video as Jensen explains in his own words what happened.
What do you think? Did the cops do the right thing? Was this acceptable force under the circumstances, or could the police have dealt with this another way? Leave a comment below.