While recognising that the police can like anybody else make mistakes, this case goes beyond the word ‘mistake’ and make me want to ask the question: ‘Just how thick are our police officers?’
Sky News reporting on a story originally from the Chorley Guardian said:
“A “terrified” blind man was hit with a 50,000 volt Taser gun after police mistook his white stick for a samurai sword.
Stroke victim Colin Farmer, 61, collapsed to the ground in shock after he was hit in the back with the gun while walking down the street in Chorley, Lancashire.
Police had received reports of a man walking through the town armed with the deadly martial arts weapon and raced to the scene to hunt down the offender.
Meanwhile Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes and walks at a “snail’s pace”, was on his way to the pub to meet friends for a drink and was unaware of the reports.
He had no idea a police officer had mistaken his thin white stick for a weapon and ordered him to stop before pulling the trigger on the Taser gun.
Mr Farmer cried out, “I’m blind! I’m blind!” while collapsed on the floor but was still handcuffed by the officer from Lancashire Police.
“The whole thing was like being trapped in a nightmare,” he told the Chorley Guardian.
I’m sorry but a samurai sword looks like this:
Whereas a blind persons cane looks like this:
A close similarity? Not to my eyes there isn’t.
Full story over on the Sky News website