‘I was just hollering’: Grandmother shaken after being tased by Manatee deputy

Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A grandmother was left shaken up and angry after she said she was tased and arrested for not letting Manatee County deputies into her home.

Barbara Pinkney said deputies came to her home looking for a man who violated his probation but left with a grandmother who’s never been in trouble with police.

Around 7:30 a.m. the day after Christmas, Pinkney received the unexpected visitors.

“We heard a knock at the door. Actually, there wasn’t a knock. I think they kicked the door. Bam! Bam! At the door,” Pinkney said.

Deputies say they came to serve an arrest warrant to Tevin Turner, Pinkney’s grandson, on violation of probation for carrying a concealed weapon.

“When he was on probation he gave this as his address, but he wasn’t living here,” she said.

That’s not what deputies thought as they came to Pinkney’s house wanting to get in.

Video shot by her grandson’s wife shows her refusing and trying to close the door. It shows a deputy grab the 70-year-old woman’s wrist as she pulls back. She is then tased and taken to the ground hard.

“I was just hollering. I was scared. I didn’t know what else to do. I was just hollering,” Pinkney said.

The probable cause affidavit shows Pinkney was hit three times with a stun gun in her “left arm,” her “back,” her “upper back,” and was held to the ground with the deputy’s “knee.”

Barbara Pinkney was arrested for obstruction and resisting an officer.

“It’s not something that you see every day or something you expect to happen. Even if she wasn’t my grandmother, this is a 70-year-old woman,” said Elizabeth Francisco, Pinkney’s granddaughter-in-law and the woman who recorded the video of the arrest.

Now, the woman who said she’s never had any problems with law enforcement said she’s traumatized and can’t sleep at night.

“I don’t know. Whenever I see the police I just try to not look at them,” Pinkney said in tears.

Pinkney has a court date set for Jan. 17 but already the community is rallying behind her.

Her grandson Tevin Turner has not been caught. Pinkney said he was never there, while MCSO said he may have gotten away from the rear of the house during all the chaos.

Ryan Hughes spoke with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Monday about the incident. You can read his story here.

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