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Policeman mistakes blind man's stick for Samurai sword
The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/17/12

Posted on 10/17/2012 3:40:02 AM PDT by markomalley

A policeman faced an investigation today for tasering a blind man in the street after he mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword.

Former company director Colin Farmer, 61, was hit in the back by 50,000 volt stun device and then handcuffed whilst on his way to met friends for a drink in his local pub.

Police had earlier been dispatched after reports of a man roaming around Chorley town centre in Lancs armed with a sword.

A patrolman spotted stroke victim Mr Farmer walking down the street using his white stick to get around and wrongly assumed he was the swordsman.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: donutwatch
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1 posted on 10/17/2012 3:40:07 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

He must not have watched the blind guy for very long before pulling out the tazer.


2 posted on 10/17/2012 3:45:21 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: markomalley
"Officers have remained in contact with him and his family over the past few days to enquire about his recovery and we will continue to keep in touch with him and keep him informed of our inquiry."

The police spin this as supportive concern for the man's welfare. Others might look at this as intimidation and a message of what could happen if the family causes the police any trouble.

3 posted on 10/17/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: markomalley

Sounds like the police officer doesn’t see much better than his victim.


4 posted on 10/17/2012 3:48:56 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Okay that was funny.


5 posted on 10/17/2012 3:50:28 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: markomalley

“tasered In the back”


6 posted on 10/17/2012 3:50:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: markomalley

Am I to assume this “patrolman” has never seen a blind person with a walking stick in his entire life? Or is he just a f—— moron? I mean that literally. What is this cop’s IQ? 85?


7 posted on 10/17/2012 4:01:11 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: markomalley

Good thing the guy didn’t have a German Shepperd leading him around, the cop would have shot the dog.


8 posted on 10/17/2012 4:15:43 AM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: markomalley
I'm sure this was just an honest mistake. After all, a white cane and a katana look SO much alike:

And of course, nothing helps guide you over rough terrain like a curved metal blade with a razor sharp tip.

/if I need a sarc tag here, you're at the wrong site!

9 posted on 10/17/2012 4:17:44 AM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: markomalley

Didn’t there used to be a blind guy with a sword? Martial arts stuff? Can’t recall the name of it but he could catch things thrown at him by sensing them coming. Maybe cop had seen that show.


10 posted on 10/17/2012 4:20:43 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Portcall24

Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman


11 posted on 10/17/2012 4:24:25 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: markomalley

Difference is that, in many places of this country (USA), failing to instantly obey a police officer’s command to halt while “armed” with a white stick will, at the very least, get you shot, and more likely, shot dead, vice just being tasered.

This will be followed by a police department internal investigation that, after a very long time, finds, while they are very sorry about it all, correct police procedures were followed “because the officer feared for his or her life” and no punishment or liability attends the mistaken action.

The only way your family can even seek redress is to essentially bankrupt themselves in taking the city/county/state/federal government to court and hope for some sort of accountability/justice/compensation in an adversarial legal system heavily weighted towards the wealthy and the State while the ever so slowly turning “Wheels of Justice” process pulverizes what remains of their lives.

In other words, you can be mistakenly shot dead by the police while committing no life-threatening offense and, except in the most obvious and indisputable cases (i.e., the ones caught on video), it’s pretty much okay with the police and the supervising civil authorities.

Swell.


12 posted on 10/17/2012 4:26:39 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined Effort is the hammer that Human Will uses to forge Tomorrow on the anvil of Today.)
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To: Captain Rhino

Well, the important lesson here is that the peasants and serfs must learn to instantly obey their masters.


13 posted on 10/17/2012 4:30:13 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: agere_contra
Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman

I was thinking the same thing. Wasn't sure how many would get the reference.
14 posted on 10/17/2012 4:43:29 AM PDT by Boris99
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To: markomalley

Glad he didnt have a seeing eye dog.would have been shot on the spot.


15 posted on 10/17/2012 4:44:54 AM PDT by bikerman (How will Democrats stand up to terrorism when they can’t even face Fox News?”)
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To: markomalley

How can a monkey be a look out? How can an idiot be a policeman? - Pink Panther


16 posted on 10/17/2012 4:46:03 AM PDT by squalus192 (Signle rule of warfare, fight to win!)
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To: markomalley

Even if a guy walking with a sword and not making threatening gestures the first move a cop should make is simply ask some questions....

My son was thinking about becoming a cop but with stories like these he really did not want to be associated with this group......


17 posted on 10/17/2012 4:59:40 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: markomalley

18 posted on 10/17/2012 5:32:00 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: markomalley

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218945/Blind-stroke-victim-Colin-Farmer-shot-50-000-volt-taser-police-mistook-white-stick-SAMURAI-sword.html?ITO=1490

Photos of the poor guy. How can a policeman be so lazy and stupid? Lucky the blind guy didn’t bring his seeing eye dog


19 posted on 10/17/2012 5:51:42 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: markomalley
England swings like a pendulum do
Bobbies on bicycles two by two
~ Gzzott ~
20 posted on 10/17/2012 6:38:11 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: servo1969

Dumb cops, dumb cops, whatcha gonna do?

Whatcha gonna do with a low IQ?


21 posted on 10/17/2012 7:37:47 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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