Skip to comments.Police use Taser on blind man after stick mistaken for sword
Posted on 10/17/2012 11:24:51 AM PDT by Eurotwit
A police force has apologised after an officer used a Taser on a blind man whose white stick was mistaken for a sword.
Colin Farmer, 61, was stunned by police following reports of a man walking through Chorley with a samurai sword.
Ch Supt Stuart Williams, of Lancashire Police, said the force had "deep regrets" and had "clearly put this man through a traumatic experience".
Mr Farmer was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged.
"It felt like I was grabbing an electricity pylon," he said.
Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes, said he thought he was being attacked by thugs.
He was walking to a pub to meet friends on Friday when the officer fired the Taser. It forced him to drop his stick and he fell to the ground, he said.
He said the experience had left him "shaking like a leaf" and scared to go outside.
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Poor guy — he never saw it coming.
WHat kind of idiots are they to make THAT kind of mistake???????..........
The Brits are totally hoplophobic, beyond all reason.
“Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes, said he thought he was being attacked by thugs.”
Even a blind man could see that clearly - he was correct in his judgment.
Should not give tazers to blind cops.
Who the hell would carry around a sword in a threatening manner? What is this, the Middle Ages???
From the end of the story:
“A man carrying a samurai sword was later arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.”
Only a thug would think it acceptable to tase a blind man.
Did the cops shoot his seeing eye dog?
Never been to Glasgow have you?.
They use the samurai sword there as a weapon in gang fights.
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