Shocking moment Florida grandmother is tasered three times by deputies on her 70th birthday after she tried to stop them entering her house to search for her grandson
- Barbara Pinkeny was arrested a day after Christmas on charges of felony battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing justice
- Pinkeny is accused of refusing to let deputies into her home and pushing one of them in the chest
- Deputies came looking for Pinkney’s grandson, Tevin Turner, who was wanted on a charge of probation violation
- Deputies ended up tasering Pinkney three times and slamming her to the floor
A Florida grandmother’s 70th birthday celebration a day after Christmas ended with the elderly woman getting hit with a Taser three times and hauled off to jail by sheriff’s deputies.
Officers with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Barbara Pinkney’s home in Bradenton early Thursday morning looking for her grandson, 22-year-old Tevin Turner, who they said violated the conditions of his probation by carrying a concealed weapon.
Pinkney told the deputies her grandson was not home and tried to close the door on them.
Video shows Manatee County sheriff’s deputies grabbing Barbara Pinkney, 70, by the wrist after they say she refused to let them into her home to search for her grandson
The situation escalated after Pinkney allegedly put up a fight, and ended up getting tasered three times and slammed to the floor (pictured)
According to an arrest report cited by NBC News, Pinkeny demanded to see a search warrant, but was told that the deputies did not need one because they had obtained a warrant for her grandson’s arrest.
Pinkney continued denying the officers entry into her home, prompting one of them to warn her that if she kept it up, she could be going to jail on a charge of obstruction.
According to the report, when one of the deputies tried to arrest the senior citizen, she pulled away from him and pushed him in the chest.
Cellphone video recorded by Turner’s wife shows a deputy grab the grandmother’s wrist as she withdraws from him.
The deputy then deploys a stun gun against Pinkney, and the 5-foot-2 woman collapses to the floor screaming.
Pinkney was arrested a day after Christmas on charges of felony battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing justice. Her grandson, Tevin Turner (right), was never caught
Pinkney, who turned 70 on the day of her arrest, said she has been left traumatized by her run-in with the authorities
According to the arrest report, deputies had to hit Pinkney three times with the Taser and pin her to the floor in order to subdue her.
‘I was just hollering. I was scared. I didn’t know what else to do,’ Pinkney later told WFLA.
Pinkney was ultimately taken into custody and charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing justice.
She was released the next day on $1,000. Her next court date is scheduled for January 17.
Back at her home, Pinkney says the experience has left her traumatized and unable to sleep.
Her grandson, who has a prior criminal record that includes charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, has not been apprehended as of Monday morning.
Sheriff’s officials suspect he may have escaped out the back during the commotion at the front of his grandmother’s home.