When I first heard this news story I laughed so hard I was certain it was a joke,it seems life is sometimes stranger than fiction…..
A BLIND man hit in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser by a police officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword fears it could trigger a fatal stroke.
Colin Farmer, 61, who has suffered two strokes in recent years, was walking with the aid of the stick to meet friends when the taser weapon was fired.
Mr Farmer said he was so traumatised by the events he feared another stroke and ‘this one would kill me’.
He is now calling for the officer to be immediately suspended and disciplined.
Lancashire police said it had launched an urgent investigation into ‘what lessons can be learned’ and the matter had also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams, the officer’s commander, has apologised to Mr Farmer and said he ‘deeply regretted what has happened’.
Mr Farmer said after being hit by the taser he was violently manhandled on the floor and handcuffed by the officer.
He said the incident left him bruised and distressed and damaged a bracelet which was a family heirloom his father wore during the war.
Lancashire Telegraphy – http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/burnleypendlerossendale/9992489.Chorley_blind_man_tasered_by_police_officer__who_mistook_his_white_stick_for_a_samurai_sword_fears_for_health/?action=complain&cid=10871538