Florida cop charged with setting biker on fire with taser
Florida, the place where all the crazy, amazing, unpaid things happen.
According to an Orlando Sentinel report, a 26-year-old biker named Jean Barretto Baerga has filed a $7 million lawsuit after he was set on fire by an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy named David Crawford. Deputy Crawford was pursuing Baerga after he fled a police stop for allegedly driving recklessly. Eventually, the pursuing deputies caught up with Baerga at a gas station where all hell broke loose. Literally.
After attacking Baerga out of the blue while at the gas pump, Crawford removed his stun and unloaded him. The spark ignited a huge fire that instantly engulfed the gasoline-soaked pilot. The entire incident was captured on body camera video.
As a result of his injuries, Baerga has racked up $7 million in hospital bills and he doesn’t plan to pay a single penny of it out of pocket.
Yesterday Crawford was charged with culpable negligence for discharging his taser so close to the gas pump and causing Baerga’s injuries. The charges were announced publicly by Sheriff Marcos López, who said deputies believed the motorist fit the description of a man who allegedly brandished a weapon at another driver. No weapons were found when Baerga was set on fire.
This guy definitely needs his pockets.