WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A grandmother from Florida was reportedly tased and arrested on her 70th birthday when the sheriff’s deputies tried to enter her home in search of her grandson.
- Authorities had accused her grandson of violating his probation by carrying a concealed weapon.
- When she claimed her grandson wasn’t home and tried to close the door, the deputies tased her in her left arm and back, held her to the ground, and arrested her for obstruction and resisting an officer.
A grandmother from Manatee County, Florida, was reportedly tased and arrested on her 70th birthday for not cooperating when the sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest her grandson at her home.
According to the WFLA report, the county sheriff’s deputies had tried to enter 70-year-old Barbara Pinkney’s home last Thursday to search for her grandson, Tevin Turner.
The report stated that the authorities had accused Turner of violating his probation by carrying a concealed weapon.
Pinkney reportedly said that her grandson wasn’t home at the time, and thus refused to let the deputies inside.
She told the news station, “When he was on probation he gave this as his address, but he wasn’t living here.”
But the sheriff’s office believed that Turner was just hiding inside and may have even escaped during the confrontation between Pinkney and the deputies.
The scuffle was started by the deputies when Pinkney tried to close the door.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the deputies tased Pinkney in her left arm and back. A deputy then held her to the ground.
The struggle was partly caught on video by Turner’s wife.
Pinkney recalled, “I was just hollering. I was scared. I didn’t know what else to do. I was just hollering.”
The grandmother was then arrested for obstruction and resisting an officer.
Source: New York Post