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Grandma's 70th Birthday Surprise: Cops Tase Her

Barbara Pinkney gets tased in Florida after cops came looking for her grandson
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2019 9:08 AM CST

(Newser) – A Florida woman got an unpleasant surprise on her 70th birthday after cops came calling in search of her grandson. Per a probable cause affidavit cited by NBC News, Manatee County deputies showed up Thursday morning at the home of Barbara Pinkney in Bradenton looking for Tevin Turner, who was wanted for breaching his probation for carrying a concealed weapon. Pinkney tells WFLA her grandson doesn't live with her, but simply gave her address while on probation. Per the affidavit, Pinkney refused to let the officers in without a search warrant—which one officer said wasn't needed, because they had an arrest warrant—and the deputies tried to force their way inside. Video taken by her grandson's wife shows her pushing the door and trying to keep the police out. The officer directly on the other side of the door grabbed her wrist during the scuffle.

Then, cops say, Pinkney pushed the officer in the chest, at which point he fired a stun gun and hit her in the left arm, then in her back, the affidavit notes; she was brought to the ground and tased again, in the upper back, before cops could cuff her. "I was scared," Pinkney says. "I didn't know what else to do. I was just hollering." Turner, meanwhile, wasn't found, though it's not clear if he'd been at Pinkney's home and managed to slip away during the struggle. "There was enough time during the chaos at the front of the residence for [the suspect] to get out of the rear of the residence," a deputy notes in the arrest report, per the Bradenton Herald. The paper adds police also turned the stun gun on a neighbor's dog after it went after a K9 dog. Pinkney, who was charged with obstruction and battery on a law enforcement officer, was released on a $1,000 bond, with a Jan. 17 court date. (Read more stun gun stories.)

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