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Zephyrhills Police Officer Fired for Excessive Use of Force

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 07:53:33-04

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area police officer has been fired following an internal investigation that revealed he used inappropriately used a stun gun on a suspect.

The Tampa Tribune reports Zephyrhills Officer Tim Claussen was fired Thursday. He had been on administrative leave since the Sept. 11, two days after he went to the suspect's home to investigate a retail theft.

Police said a review of video from a camera on Claussen's stun gun "clear shows the subject displaying no active physical resistance" toward the officer.

The 42-year-old suspect Lester Brown was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

Police Capt. Derek Brewer said Claussen didn't offer an explanation for using the stun gun on Brown. He said Claussen had no major disciplinary issues during his 10 years on the force.