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Anti Federalist
10-18-2012, 06:37 PM
Hat tip to RPF member awake for this story.

Notice the difference in Canadian LEOs and ours.



Blind man Tasered when police mistake white stick for samurai sword

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/blind-man-tasered-police-mistake-white-stick-samurai-195650698.html

Colin Farmer was going to meet friends for a drink at a U.K. pub when police started shouting at him.

Colin Farmer, 61 and blind, was walking to meet friends for a drink at a U.K. pub when the next thing he knew, he was shocked with 50,000 volts from a stun gun and lay helplessly on the ground.

The police are calling this a bizarre case of mistaken identity after they received reports of an armed man walking around the area with a samurai sword and must have mistaken Farmer's white visual aid stick for a sword.

"I certainly didn't know they were police - and I certainly didn't know they were shouting at me," Farmer told the Lancashire Evening Post. "I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans. The next thing they fired a Taser at me, though I didn't know it was a Taser at the time."

He felt a thump in his back and immediately collapses to the ground. He shouted at police that he was blind, but they cuffed him in such a rough manner than he got bruises.

"The whole thing was like being trapped in a nightmare," he said to the Post. "I was absolutely terrified. I thought any second I'm going to have another stroke and this one will kill me."

Farmer became blind after a stroke in 2008 that also left him partially paralyzed. He and the police see the attack differently.

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

Farmer told the Daily Mail the officer was more of a "thug with a license to carry a dangerous weapon" and believes he should be fired.

This incident should sound familiar to Canadians, as just more than five years ago Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski died after being hit with a stun gun at Vancouver International Airport. Dziekanski didn't speak English and police hit him when he began displaying erratic behaviour. But since then, Taser use in B.C. has declined 87 per cent, according to a new report.

The U.K. however, is going in the opposite direction. Police used Tasers 45 per cent more in 2011 as compared to 2010 and the Police Federation is requesting that every front-line officer have access to one.

The incident is under further investigation by an independent police watchdog and the officer who fired the Taser has not been suspended.

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

Maybe this will be the incident to teach police to better use their Tasers in the U.K. as the Dziekanski one did in B.C.

Dr.3D
10-18-2012, 06:43 PM
Gung ho mo foes... guess they don't feel the need to know their target before engaging it.

phill4paul
10-18-2012, 09:10 PM
Two things...


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


The cops profusely apologized and related concern for the after affects of their actions. WOW.


Farmer told the Daily Mail the officer was more of a "thug with a license to carry a dangerous weapon" and believes he should be fired.

A citizen demands more, rightfully identifies the attitude of his assailant and ACTUALLY calls for more than the aforementioned dick sucking.

Americans are fucking PUSSIES. There I've said it. Fucking PUSSIES.

Carson
10-18-2012, 09:36 PM
On Fark.com (http://www.fark.com/) the thread had this title;

News: Police taser man with sword; Lite-Fark: Sword turns out to be stick; 5 dollar fark: white stick of the blind guy they tasered; Ultra fark: just read the last line

The comments;

http://www.fark.com/comments/7386011/News-Police-taser-man-with-sword-Lite-Fark-Sword-turns-out-to-be-stick-5-dollar-fark-white-stick-of-blind-guy-they-tasered-Ultra-fark-just-read-last-line


With comments like this;

"I read the news today oh, boy
Four thousand volts in blackburn, lancashire
And though the amps were rather small
Colin Farmer took 'em all
Now they know how many volts it takes to make a blind man fall"

Anti Federalist
10-18-2012, 10:15 PM
"I read the news today oh, boy
Four thousand volts in blackburn, lancashire
And though the amps were rather small
Colin Farmer took 'em all
Now they know how many volts it takes to make a blind man fall"

Rep worthy