Sunday 22 May 2022 01:01 AM PICTURED: Florida sheriff's deputy charged after he tasered suspect at gas pump ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 01:01 AM PICTURED: Florida sheriff's deputy charged after he tasered suspect at gas pump ... trends now
Sunday 22 May 2022 01:01 AM PICTURED: Florida sheriff's deputy charged after he tasered suspect at gas pump ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 01:01 AM PICTURED: Florida sheriff's deputy charged after he tasered suspect at gas pump ... trends now

A Florida sheriff deputy who tasered a motorcyclist as he pumped gas during a botched arrest setting them both ablaze and leaving the 26-year-old victim near death with horrific third-degree burns has been charged with a misdemeanor.   

Osceola County Sheriff Marco López identified Deputy Crawford as the officer who fired the Taser as Deputy Crawford during Thursday's press conference.

Lopez said Crawford will likely face misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence for igniting the explosion.

Meanwhile, dirt bike rider Jean Barreto continues to fight for his life as he remains hospitalized with third-degree burns covering most of his body after he was 'cooked alive' in the February 27 incident.

A source told DailyMail.com what Deputy David Crawford did was 'absolutely reckless.'  

'At the end of the day, did this young man deserve this? If he survives this his life will be destroyed.'

 'Part of training curriculum that every law enforcement officer is taught is to determine appropriate use of a weapon. It is obvious that this was not an appropriate environment to use the taser.'

Referring to the Osceola County Sheriff's Department's policy on taser use which the source provided to DailyMail.com it states that 'serious injuries could incur as a result of secondary factors as a result of CEW activation possibly drown in a body of water, fall from an elevated area, around flammable substances.' 

The source shared that 'the sheriff's policy and procedures are reckless and dangerous.  'Our law enforcement officials are there to protect the community and should be held to a higher standard and officer Crawford should be held accountable.' 

A second source told DailyMail.com that the office being charged 'at times can be reckless.'

'I am not surprised by what happened. This is what happens when poor decision-making takes place,' they said.

Osceola County Sheriff Marco López identified the officer who fired the Taser as Deputy Crawford. Lopez said Crawford will likely face misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence for igniting the explosion during Thursday's press conference

Osceola County Sheriff Marco López identified the officer who fired the Taser as Deputy Crawford. Lopez said Crawford will likely face misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence for igniting the explosion during Thursday's press conference 

A photo shared by the victims attorney, Mark NeJame of the Florida-based law firm NeJame Law shows Barreto's father praying at his son's bedside, which his father has done everyday

A photo shared by the victims attorney, Mark NeJame of the Florida-based law firm NeJame Law shows Barreto's father praying at his son's bedside, which his father has done everyday

A GoFundMe campaign was created to help pay for Crawford's medical expenses. Deputy Crawford is reportedly on paid leave, pending any prospective charges

A GoFundMe campaign was created to help pay for Crawford's medical expenses. Deputy Crawford is reportedly on paid leave, pending any prospective charges

Cops said they zeroed in on Barreto because he matched the caller's description and was on a blue bike. 'Passing cops, popping wheelies, going against traffic – he doesn’t care,' López said during the presser, narrating the footage, which shows a bird's-eye view of Barreto, performing stunts and going against traffic as the helicopter gives chase overhead. 'We deal with this all the time – sick and tired of this stuff,' the sheriff said as he showed the footage

Cops said they zeroed in on Barreto because he matched the caller's description and was on a blue bike. 'Passing cops, popping wheelies, going against traffic – he doesn’t care,' López said during the presser, narrating the footage, which shows a bird's-eye view of Barreto, performing stunts and going against traffic as the helicopter gives chase overhead. 'We deal with this all the time – sick and tired of this stuff,' the sheriff said as he showed the footage

Cops have released footage of the Fed Ex worker they say was a 'menace on the roadway' before he was set on fire at a Florida gas station

Cops have released footage of the Fed Ex worker they say was a 'menace on the roadway' before he was set on fire at a Florida gas station

Previously unseen footage released by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office shows the moment the Taser ignites an explosion at the Wawa gas pump where Barreto had been pumping gas, leaving him severely burned

Previously unseen footage released by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office shows the moment the Taser ignites an explosion at the Wawa gas pump where Barreto had been pumping gas, leaving him severely burned

Mark NeJame, the attorney for Jean Barreto spoke to DailyMail.com issuing a statement after Lopez's presser.

'Law enforcement cannot break the law themselves in order to enforce it. They are not the judge, jury, and executioner. They have a limited role in our criminal justice system and when they take the law in their own hands, they are the most dangerous," NeJame said. 

He continued: 'Our client, Jean Barreto, has been cooked alive, by the overzealous, irresponsible, and illegal actions of the Osceola County Sheriff's office, whose policies, created and promoted by Sheriff Lopez, have led to this and other atrocities within his department. Their actions insult and defame the mostly good members of law enforcement, as much as their reckless policies maim, injure, and kill our citizens. '

The comments flooded Facebook with many expressing their outrage on the sheriff's handling of the incident.

 'I supported this Sheriff until this incident, and a couple of things that have happened in last couple of months. He acts like he is in the Wild West,' one person wrote. 

'Notice Lopez never acknowledged how many people that cop could have killed by firing his taser,' another person said.

No accountability, basically just killed someone in the worst way and stand there defending their unlawful actions. Just horrible.'   

Osceola County released footage on Thursday showing Barreto - who cops targeted after he allegedly skipped a traffic stop set up after a 911 caller reported a rider on a blue motorbike threatened him on the road with a gun - riding recklessly as deputies pursue.

'Watch this - you'll see what a menace this guy was on the roadway,' López told reporters before airing the footage.

Cops said they zeroed in on Barreto because he matched the caller's description and was on a blue bike.

'Passing cops, popping wheelies, going against traffic – he doesn’t care,' López said during the presser, narrating the footage, which shows a bird's-eye view of Barreto, performing stunts and going against traffic as the helicopter gives chase overhead.

 'We deal with this all the time – sick and tired of this stuff,' the sheriff said as he showed the footage.

According to López, the video shows Barreto - who had been on his way home from a peaceful motorbike memorial ride in Osceola County - run approximately 13 red lights, perform 6 wheelies, and drive in the opposite lane of traffic 5 times.

At one point in the footage, the rider confirmed to be Barreto can be seen driving through a red light at a busy intersection, narrowly missing multiple cars.

'Imagine this 400-500 lb bike hitting the windshield of your mother, one of your family, López told onlookers during the screening of the previously unreleased footage.  

The video then shows Barreto, who was followed by the cops several miles from Osceola County to Orange County during the pursuit, arrive at a Wawa gas station roughly a mile from his house, where he proceeds to fill his bike up with gas.

Minutes later, the deputy facing charges, Deputy Crawford can be seen arriving at the scene, pulling up to the Wawa before exiting the vehicle and approaching Barreto from behind.

At this point, López said, deputies believed Barreto was armed.

Crawford then tackles Barreto from behind in the footage, where at which point, according to López, he began to resist the officer.

Eventually the officer gets Barreto to the floor as other deputies arrive on the scene.

During the struggle, however, Barreto's bike, which had been filling with gas, tips over, leaking the liquid onto the asphalt near the gas pump.

 'The moment the bike tipped over, the gas cap was not securely fastened, and gas started pouring out of the vehicle,' the sheriff said.

At that point in the footage, one of the other deputies who arrived to aid Crawford produces his Taser and deploys it as cops continue to struggle with Barreto.

According to López, Crawford then yelled to his fellow officers, after noticing gas had been spilling on the ground beneath them. 'Kill the pump! Kill the pump! Gas!' the deputy said, according to the sheriff.    

At that point, the deputy who deployed his Taser - a weapon that Lopez reminded attendees does not constitute lethal force - dropped the stun gun to the ground, apparently electing to restrain Barreto without it.

However, Lopez revealed, Deputy Crawford then inexplicably picked up the other officer's weapon, threatening to Tase an allegedly still-resisting Barreto.

According to Lopez, Crawford warned Barreto: 'You’re about to get tasered dude,' citing unreleased body-camera footage.

Seconds later, the sheriff said, the explosion occurred.

Footage shows the officers rush to put out the flames enveloping the writhing dirt bike rider with a fire extinguisher.

The deputy then revealed that his office would recommend to the state that Crawford, who was also hospitalized with third-degree burns after the incident but has since been released, be charged with culpable negligence - a misdemeanor - for deploying the weapon, citing the fact the officer remarked that there was gas on the ground.

Barreto, meanwhile, will face a charge of fleeing and eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence and a felony charge for popping three wheelies on his motorcycle.

Deputy Crawford is reportedly on paid leave, pending any prospective charges.

At one point in the footage, the rider confirmed to be Barreto can be seen driving through a red light at a busy intersection, narrowly missing multiple cars

At one point in the footage, the rider confirmed to be Barreto can be seen driving through a red light at a busy intersection, narrowly missing multiple cars

'Passing cops, popping wheelies, going against traffic – he doesn’t care,' López said during the presser, narrating the footage, which shows a bird's-eye view of Barreto, performing stunts and going against traffic as the helicopter gives chase overhead

'Passing cops, popping wheelies, going against traffic – he doesn’t care,' López said during the presser, narrating the footage, which shows a bird's-eye view of Barreto, performing stunts and going against traffic as the helicopter gives chase overhead

Lawyer for Barreto says he 'sustained third-degree burns on approximately 75% of his body...[and] is wrapped and unwrapped in gauze daily.' He has been in an Orlando hospital ever since, where his lawyers say he has undergone dozens of surgeries as he barely clings life

Lawyer for Barreto says he 'sustained third-degree burns on approximately 75% of his body...[and] is wrapped and unwrapped in gauze daily.' He has been in an Orlando hospital ever since, where his lawyers say he has undergone dozens of surgeries as he barely clings life

Lopez said Crawford did not make a statement on the incident, adding: ‘He invoked his right (to silence).I don’t know what was going on in his mind that day, I can’t speak for him. Our policy clearly states you should not use a taser near combustible material. ‘We are putting our piece of the puzzle together'

Lopez said Crawford did not make a statement on the incident, adding: ‘He invoked his right (to silence).I don’t know what was going on in his mind that day, I can’t speak for him. Our policy clearly states you should not use a taser near combustible material. ‘We are putting our piece of the puzzle together'

'Our client, Jean Barreto, has been cooked alive, by the overzealous, irresponsible, and illegal actions of the Osceola County Sheriff's office, whose policies, created and promoted by Sheriff Lopez, have led to this and other atrocities within his department. Their actions insult and defame the mostly good members of law enforcement, as much as their reckless policies maim, injure, and kill our citizens,' victim's attorney Mark Nejame said, in part

'Our client, Jean Barreto, has been cooked alive, by the overzealous, irresponsible, and illegal actions of the Osceola County Sheriff's office, whose policies, created and promoted by Sheriff Lopez, have led to this and other atrocities within his department. Their actions insult and defame the mostly good members of law enforcement, as much as their reckless policies maim, injure, and kill our citizens,' victim's attorney Mark Nejame said, in part 

Barreto, meanwhile, will face a charge of fleeing and eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence and a felony charge for popping three wheelies on his motorcycle Deputy Crawford is reportedly on paid leave, pending any prospective charges

Barreto, meanwhile, will face a charge of fleeing and eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence and a felony charge for popping three wheelies on his motorcycle Deputy Crawford is reportedly on paid leave, pending any prospective charges

The family of 26-year-old Fed Ex worker Jean Barreto are demanding that the state or federal government intervene in police's investigation of the incident

The family of 26-year-old Fed Ex worker Jean Barreto are demanding that the state or federal government intervene in police's investigation of the incident

The Press conference was shown a video taken from a helicopter of Barreto on his motorcycle before the horrific incident – with Sheriff Marcos Lopez saying: ‘He runs.’

Asked if officers approached the wrong person, the sheriff responded: ‘He (Barreto) matched the description. We responded immediately. We see a guy on a blue bike. The deputy goes to light him up, as you see from the video, he flees.

‘We have to respond when people say, hey, guy with a gun, brandishing a firearm. What do we do? We ignore it? Something happens and we are held responsible.

‘We are going based on what people are calling 911 at that time. We responded to the immediate area, observe someone matching the description, attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

‘Hey, if it wasn’t him, pull him over, just show up he has a nice life. But what does he do? He starts popping wheelies. He sees us, he runs.

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