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Police use Taser on blind man after stick mistaken for sword
| 17 October 2012 Last updated at 12:51 GMT
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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
posted on 10/17/2012 11:24:54 AM PDT
Poor guy — he never saw it coming.
posted on 10/17/2012 11:29:02 AM PDT
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WHat kind of idiots are they to make THAT kind of mistake???????..........
posted on 10/17/2012 11:29:59 AM PDT
by Red Badger
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The Brits are totally hoplophobic, beyond all reason.
posted on 10/17/2012 11:36:34 AM PDT
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To: Red Badger
Maybe they had him mixed up with this guy.
“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.
posted on 10/17/2012 11:40:18 AM PDT
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Should not give tazers to blind cops.
posted on 10/17/2012 11:56:50 AM PDT
by American in Israel
(A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
Maybe the cops thought they were dealing with Zatoichi
. Of course, if it had been Zatoichi, a mere taser or two wouldn't stop him.
posted on 10/17/2012 11:57:36 AM PDT
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.”
posted on 10/17/2012 12:13:00 PM PDT
("Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.")
Only a thug would think it acceptable to tase a blind man.
posted on 10/17/2012 12:42:21 PM PDT
("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
Did the cops shoot his seeing eye dog?
posted on 10/17/2012 1:06:10 PM PDT
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Never been to Glasgow have you?.
They use the samurai sword there as a weapon in gang fights.
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