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Blind stroke victim shot in the back with 50,000-volt taser by police who mistook his white stick
Daily Mail ^ | 10/16/12 | Kerry Mcdermott

Posted on 10/17/2012 11:58:14 AM PDT by Nachum

A police force has apologised to a blind grandfather who was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt taser stun gun after officers mistook his white stick for a samurai sword.

Two-time stroke-victim Colin Farmer, 61, said he thought he was being attacked by muggers when he was hit with the weapon by the officer, who then handcuffed the retired company director as he fell to the ground.

Officers had been dispatched to Chorley, Lancashire - where Mr Farmer had been on his way to meet friends for a drink in a local restaurant - following reports of a man armed with a sword roaming around the town centre.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: blind; donutwatch; samurai; taser; victim
Full title: Blind stroke victim shot in the back with 50,000-volt taser by police who mistook his white stick for a SAMURAI sword

Who knew Candy Crowley works in Britain?

1 posted on 10/17/2012 11:58:19 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Looks like the wrong da** person had the stick. Idiot.


2 posted on 10/17/2012 12:00:50 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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A lot of this going around...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2946199/posts


3 posted on 10/17/2012 12:03:41 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Nachum

I wonder if that title is a misprint. This would make more sense:

Stroke victim shot in the back with 50,000-volt taser by blind police who mistook his white stick, for a SAMURAI sword.


4 posted on 10/17/2012 12:04:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Nachum; Altariel; martin_fierro; Slings and Arrows

The cop is more blind than the guy with the white stick.

It’s a “Hey, he’s got a light saber/ samurai sword/ pointy stick!” Ping


5 posted on 10/17/2012 12:08:12 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Nachum

So... if you’re having a stroke, wouldn’t getting shocked be just what was needed ?

He’s still alive isn’t he ?


6 posted on 10/17/2012 12:16:34 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: DManA
Here's his picture.


7 posted on 10/17/2012 12:18:49 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Nachum

He was an electrician and in retirement he gets tasered.


9 posted on 10/17/2012 12:21:36 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Nachum
What would they do if they were attacked with a banana?


10 posted on 10/17/2012 12:21:36 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: UCANSEE2
He was a blind masseuse?

(Zatoichi bump)

11 posted on 10/17/2012 12:22:27 PM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: Nachum

An apology? Yes, and 10 million pounds.


12 posted on 10/17/2012 12:26:03 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: Nachum

In the words of Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours: “You’re too f*ckin’ stupid to have a job!”


13 posted on 10/17/2012 12:26:14 PM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Nachum

Good thing he didn’t have a seeing eye dog, that would have been shot for sure.


14 posted on 10/17/2012 12:27:22 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Nachum

No pet to shoot? Those British cops are behind the global times.


15 posted on 10/17/2012 12:33:31 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Nachum

Oh, yes, because most wielders of Samurai swords use them to guide them as they walk.


16 posted on 10/17/2012 12:34:02 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Nachum

I actually don’t blame the British cop for being a bit trigger happy here. Against a samurai sword wielded by somebody who knows what they are doing, a handgun is barely enough. A Taser might be near worse than useless.

So your best bet is to sneak up behind the swordsman and try to zap him a good one. Now if you had a real gun, you could stand off and challenge.


17 posted on 10/17/2012 12:34:46 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Defiant

“Good thing he didn’t have a seeing eye dog, that would have been shot for sure.”

This is England - the dog would be spared!


18 posted on 10/17/2012 12:35:13 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: headsonpikes

If it’s England, how is it the death panels have not finished the old blind guy off yet? At least they gave him a stick.


19 posted on 10/17/2012 12:36:51 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: UCANSEE2

I have all 26 Zatoichi movies.


20 posted on 10/17/2012 12:37:09 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Nachum

I was once sitting at a traffic light and a blind guy was in the crosswalk in front of my car, crossing the street. To think it might have been a SAMURAI sword? Who knew?


21 posted on 10/17/2012 12:37:23 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Nachum

“It was like thousands of volts going through my body.”

That’s because it WAS thousands of volts going through it.


22 posted on 10/17/2012 12:37:37 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (We won't stand for biased umps fixing a ball game but we allow a biased media to fix elections.)
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To: Jonah Hex

Chop, chop.


23 posted on 10/17/2012 12:49:21 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Nachum

To the shooter - “Happy now, Asswipe?” - adapted from the movie “Anger Management” - regarding Dave (Adam Sandler) trying to take away his walking cane.


24 posted on 10/17/2012 1:10:25 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (,)
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To: Nachum

To the shooter - “Happy now, Asswipe?” - adapted from the movie “Anger Management” - regarding Dave (Adam Sandler) trying to take away his walking cane.


25 posted on 10/17/2012 1:10:51 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (,)
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To: Nachum

And Obozo wants the American taxpayers to pay to hire 100,000 more of this type of moron!


26 posted on 10/17/2012 1:27:00 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Nachum

Strange, the word ‘fired’ also did not appear in this article... Just like in the USA.


27 posted on 10/17/2012 2:09:38 PM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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