Cop charged after stun gun set biker on fire
A Florida, Miami police officer has been charged after he accidentally activated his stun gun, setting a motorcyclist on fire.
The Florida deputy will face misdemeanor charges for the incident, which happened Feb. 27, according to ABC News.
On May 19, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos López told reporters the deputy was charged with culpable negligence, while the biker faced charges of reckless driving, fleeing law enforcement and resisting arrest.
The biker was recorded weaving through traffic by a police helicopter before stopping to refuel in neighboring Orange. According to the sheriff, deputies tracked the biker out of their jurisdiction, believing he was part of a group of bikers brandishing guns at people.
He explained that the biker’s motorcycle had been overturned during the arrest, spilling fuel. While the biker was on the ground, a deputy activated his stun gun, setting the gasoline-soaked biker on fire.
The charges follow state marshals’ finding that the stun gun caused the fire, leaving burns on 76% of the biker’s body.
The biker was not found carrying a firearm in what his lawyers called: “A grossly excessive, unwarranted and horrendous abuse of police conduct and authority.”
The news that the officer is to be charged is in line with agency policy which prohibits the use of stun guns on suspects near flammable substances.
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