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A Florida police officer has been fired for using a sound cannon against a man who “did not physically resist,” the chief said.

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A Florida police officer has been fired for using a noise weapon against an obedient suspect instead of complying with de-escalation protocols, officials said.

St. Petersburg police officer Matthew Cavinder was fired from his post for violating dementia protocols by using a voice gun against the suspect, an internal investigation found. The suspect “did not physically resist” when Cavinder used his electric pistol during his June 21, 2021, arrest, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway told Fox 13 of Tam Bay on Thursday.

According to the report, I think I have seen this video more than 20 times, ”Chief Holloway told a news conference as he repeated the scene with a traffic light. “Today I still can’t explain why that officer went to his Taser. We train officers every year. It’s all de-escalation at the police station.”

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“There was no de-escalation,” the police chief added, according to the report. “He went straight to training.”

During the June 2021 incident, Cavinder and his employee were sent to a Chevron gas station after its owner called police about a Fox 13 being stuck. reported.

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Officers wearing body cameras arrived at the scene and found 64-year-old Timothy Grant in a wheelchair and entered his name into their database. The report said he had five active warrants for his arrest, so officers tried to arrest him, explaining previous allegations.

The police chief said that when Grant did not immediately surrender to the arrest, Cavinder pulled over the traffic light.

“He put Taser on his body,” explained Chief Halloween, noting that he didn’t activate his teeth – a method he called a “dry blow”.

Cavinder later wrote in the arrest report that the victim had resisted, the report said. Chief Holloway explained, “Mr. Grant did not resist the violence.”

The internal investigation was initiated by Cavinder’s chief, who was responsible for investigating the incident of the use of force – a police surveillance policy, Chief Holloway explained – and reported it.

According to Fox 13, Cavinder is not accused of showing any “intent”.

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