Wednesday 18 October 2017

Blind man Tasered 'by mistake'

A blind man was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser after a police officer mistook his white stick for a samurai sword.

Colin Farmer (61) was making his way to meet friends at a pub in Chorley, Lancashire, while police were chasing reports of a man walking through the town armed with a sword.

He described how he felt like he was "trapped in a nightmare" after hearing calls coming from behind. "I certainly didn't know they were police -- and I certainly didn't know they were shouting at me," he said.

Mr Farmer was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident.

Irish Independent

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