Posted by Deborah Lee Jarrett.
“An officer who was involved in the violent arrest at Honeymoon Island of a man who later died was fired last month from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Joseph Tactuk lost his job as an FWC officer after a Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office investigation concluded that he used poor judgment March 17 when he tried to arrest James Barnes.
Barnes, 37, died at the hospital two days after he struggled with Tactuk on the beach at Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area.
“While I have found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the officer, I do believe Officer Tactuk exercised poor judgement,” wrote State Attorney Bernie McCabe in a letter to the FWC’s inspector general’s office.
Based on McCabe’s findings, FWC officials fired Tactuk.
Though he was an officer with the Department of Environmental Protection at the time of the incident, Tactuk became an FWC officer in July when the agencies merged their law enforcement divisions.
The March incident began when Tactuk noticed Barnes flailing and shouting profanities at the water’s edge, where Barnes’ aunt, Paula Yount, was trying to coax him to shore.
Yount had dunked Barnes under the water during a baptismal cleansing ritual, authorities said. When she asked him to come out of the water, Barnes shoved her, saying he wanted to be dunked more. That’s when Tactuk came to make the arrest.
The two men began to struggle. The officer dragged Barnes out of the water by his head. Barnes continued to writhe and scream as Tactuk handcuffed him haphazardly with his hands over his head, authorities said.
At some point, Tactuk sat on Barnes, officials said.
Moments later, Pinellas County sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Kubler arrived and ordered Barnes to stop fighting or he would be shocked with a Taser. Barnes continued to buck and kick his legs, sheriff’s officials said, so Kubler shocked him three times.
Barnes went unconscious and stopped breathing. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died two days later.”
From Dan Sullivan Tampa bay times. Whole story here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/fish-and-wildlife-officer-fired-after-investigation-of-violent-honeymoon/1246097
This is dedicated to Deputy Elrod of the Pinellas County Sheriffs office who on July 5th 2014 threatened to tase me off a chair I was sitting on while handcuffed wearing a swim suit and ( not under arrest ) . then later laughed with the FWC ” I should have tased her while I had the chance”. The only reason he didn’t was because I starting telling people he was threatening me with violence because I dared to ask for my Mirranda to be read to me before I answered any questions. Elrod is also a filthy liar in court along with Martinez Rivera and Tsongranis. They all openly committed perjury in court with the approval of Judge Horrox .