Florida man Jean Barreto ‘cooked alive’ by cop’s Taser

Florida man Jean Barreto cooked alive by cops Taser

A Florida man is clinging to life with horrific burns to 75% of his body after a sheriff’s deputy Tased him at a gas station, sparking a fire that “cooked” the victim alive, according to his lawyers.

Jean Barreto is still recovering from the third-degree burns from the confrontation with sheriff’s deputies in Orange County on Feb. 27, his attorneys said Tuesday.

“He is wrapped and unwrapped in gauze daily, bleeding profusely still as he doesn’t have the requisite amount of skin to contain his body fluids,” the lawyers wrote of the burns, which cover three-quarters of his body.

His lawyers said Barreto — a FedEx employee with no prior criminal record — was returning from a gathering of motorbike enthusiasts, which had been broken up by Osceola County deputies when he stopped at a Wawa gas station less than a mile from his home.

Surveillance video from the area showed Barreto standing by the gas pump when he was tackled and body-slammed to the ground by an Osceola County sheriff’s deputy, who had been trailing him after an attempted traffic stop.

“As Mr. Barreto was knocked over from behind, by this surprise take down [sic] from a then-unknown force, his dirt bike also went down, spilling gas over Mr. Barreto and the Deputy,” the statement read.

An attorney for Jean Barreto claims Florida police left him severely burned after tasing him.
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By then, at least three other Osceola County patrol vehicles responded to the scene.

One of the arriving deputies saw Barreto and his colleague on the ground, and deployed his Taser against the biker, engulfing most of his body in flames, as seen in the harrowing footage. The deputy who tackled Barreto also suffered third-degree burns to half of his body.

Barreto’s lawyers said that the fireball, “caused by the reckless, foolish, unnecessary” tasing,” left four people injured, among them three deputies. They claim Barreto was “cooked alive” in the flames.

Nearly three months later, Barreto is still undergoing “excruciating” treatment, his lawyers said.

“He is without skin on most of his body, his skin having been burned off,” they stated.

In the coming days, Barreto will be placed in a medically induced coma to remove necrotic tissue from his body in preparation for a groundbreaking procedure at Orlando Health, which has involved growing human skin tissue from a 4-inch patch of unburned skin on Barreto’s body to be used for grafting.

Last week, the Florida state fire marshal released an investigative report, which concluded that an electric discharge from the deputy’s Taser was the likely cause of the fire, WFTV reported.

But the report also found that the fire was ignited by accident.

Barreto was never arrested or charged with any crime in connection with the bikers’ meetup.

Surveillance footage shows Jean Barreto being engulfed in flames while being arrested by Osceola County deputies.
Surveillance footage shows Jean Barreto being engulfed in flames while being arrested by Osceola County deputies.
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His lawyers said that Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez has so far refused to turn over key evidence in this case, including body camera footage and the deputies’ incident reports.

“This ‘transparent’ department has also failed to disclose such information to the media,” the attorneys noted. “This is especially alarming since the Osceola County Sheriffs Office is conducting its own internal investigation rather than turning this horrific matter over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which it should have.”

Attorneys Mark NeJame and Albert Yonfa called on the US. Department of Justice to launch a separate federal probe into the sheriff’s office’s protocols, practices, policies and procedures.

“Again, another young male of color has been subjected to gruesome and shocking treatment at the hands of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and an independent investigation has now become necessary to ensure that equitable justice is achieved for all involved,” they said.

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