British Police were alerted to an armed and dangerous man walking the streets of Chorley, Lancashire last Friday.
One of the policemen that had been scrambled to find the man thought he had found the suspect and demanded that he stop. When he did not stop he tasered him with a 50,000-volt shock. The policeman claimed he thought that the white stick was a samurai sword. In fact the man he tasered was called Colin Farmer, 61, a stroke victim and blind. All the time he was being tasered Colin Farmer lay on the floor screaming. .“I am blind, I am blind….”
“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.
When the Policeman realised that he had made a mistake, he then quickly rushed the victim to hospital.
The British Police later issued one of their standard apologies for being caught having nearly killed another perfectly innocent person. The incident how ever has been refered to the Police Watch Dog; the laughingly called IPCC – Independent Police Complaints Commission, thus guaranteeing that it will be buried without any fear of scrutiny or accountability.
In a related case in Britain, the Police also tasered Dale Burns a “body builder” 3 times and he died, but there was no direct connection between pepper spraying & the tasering and the death. It was just a coincidence…