Zephryhills chief, city attorney talk about officer’s firing

Tim Claussen

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) – Video of Zephyrhills Police officer Tim Claussen Tasing a man led to his firing. On Friday the police chief addressed the incident.

“It certainly hurts to do what I had to do yesterday, but I am here to do the right thing for our community,” Zephyrhills Police Chief David Shears said.

In September Classuen was investigating a shoplifting incident when he confronted Lester Brown at Brown’s home. In the video from the officer’s Taser, Brown puts his hands in the air and shows no resistance before Claussen fires the Taser.

The city attorney for Zephyrhills told the media this was a clear case of excessive use of force. “Upon conclusion of the investigation regarding the use of force, it was determined that the deployment of that Taser was unjustified,” the attorney, Joseph Poblick said.

Despite the officer’s firing, Poblick stressed the investigation is not over.

Claussen served on the police force for 10 years before his dismissal from the department. “Any officer with 10 years has something in their file, but he was not a discipline problem,” Captain Derek Brewer said.

Chief Shears said he doesn’t think the incident was racially motivated.

 

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