• October 1, 2022

[Watch]Police Officer Fired For Using Taser, You Be The Judge Was He Justified?

The officer had his Taser pointed at the man when the video started.

“Come outside now,” Zephyrhills police Officer Tim Claussen told the man standing inside the doorway of his home.

Lester Brown had his hands up. The officer came to Brown’s home the evening of Sept. 9 to investigate a shoplifting that took place earlier that day, police said.

“Come outside now,” Claussen said, “or you’re about to get tased. This is the last time.”

Brown, hands still up, didn’t move. Moments later the video camera at the tip of the Taser showed Claussen firing the electroshock weapon. Brown tried to run but collapsed.

“You just made it a lot worse on yourself, Mr. Brown,” the officer said.

“Why,” said Brown, lying on his stomach, “cause I’m in my house?”

This week, Zephyrhills officials fired Claussen. An internal investigation determined “the deployment of the Taser was unjustified,” said city attorney Joseph Poblick at a news conference Friday.

Police commanders said they learned of the incident while reviewing daily reports. The department started an investigation and put Claussen on leave.

They terminated him Wednesday.

“It certainly hurts to (fire an officer), but I’m here to do the right thing for the community,” Zephyrhills police Chief David Shears said.

The chief added: “We’re trained to know when to deploy the Taser.”

The Zephyrhills Police Department fired its officer amid increasing national scrutiny of police conduct and how officers use force to subdue suspects — particularly black suspects.


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