UK police sorry for tasering blind man

2012-10-17 20:04

London - British police apologised on Wednesday for using a stun gun on a blind man after officers mistook his white cane for a samurai sword.

Officers were responding to "a number of reports that a man was walking through Chorley armed with a samurai sword", when they confronted Colin Farmer, who was on his way to meet friends in a pub last Friday, in the northern English town.

When Farmer, 61, did not respond to their calls to stop, one of the officers used his taser stun gun, which delivers a 50 000 volt shock.

"I certainly didn't know they were police - and I certainly didn't know they were shouting at me. I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans," Farmer told the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper.

Despite pleading with the police and telling them he was blind, he was handcuffed.

"It then became apparent that this man was not the person we were looking for and officers attended to him straight away," said Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams in a statement, adding the innocent man was taken to hospital for treatment.

"Lancashire Constabulary deeply regrets what has happened. We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry for that."

Police later arrested a 27-year old man in connection with the sword reports but released him without charge.

The incident has now been referred to the independent police watchdog for further investigation.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-17 20:08

    Twits of the first water

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-17 20:38

      Don't worry, the blind guy is in for a huge settlement - and he deserves it. Good to see idiocy is an international affliction...

  • Julia Griffiths - 2012-10-17 20:10

    The police statement of thinking iyt was a samurai sword, WHAT A EXCUSE they need some training and attitude change

      mofstok - 2012-10-17 20:49

      I suppose somebody went "Ooh Eh Eh! That's a cane Murray!" afterwards...idiots.

  • mofstok - 2012-10-17 20:10

    Dumb, dumb, dumb nanny state morons. They almost make the SAPS look like a Godsend. I am sorry, but a blind man's white cane does not remotely resemble a katana in any way!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-17 20:44

    Mmmmm Britain going the way of Africa? Too many illegals are affecting their brains.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-17 20:52

    British police are not as gentle as you would expect - they enforce Breed-specific Legislation whereby under the UK's Dangerous Dog Act, Pitbulls and Staffordshire terriers ( yes, Jock of the Bushveld type dogs) are seized and killed. Panorama stated the other night that 500 dogs have been killed so far.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-17 20:57

    Hope he sue's them silly.

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-17 22:41

    Why can't these things happen to me... I'd be rich now!

  • AdolfX - 2012-10-18 06:07

    Taze a Boer, Taze a Farmer!!

  • alfred.karius - 2012-10-18 07:50

    Funny how the British almost worship america, they seem to mindlessly copy everything the americans do. The american police are among the most brutal police forces in the world and until recently the british police had a reputation of being amongst the most civilized, with most boobies not even carrying any guns, but true to form the brits are copying the americans and their police are becoming more and more brutal.

      geraldsebanda - 2012-10-18 08:17

      Boobies with guns, like the robot chicks on Austin Powers?

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