Archive for the 'Blind victim' Category

UK – Chorley, Lancashire: Taser officer is cleared [after tasering blind man] (2013-09-03)

Posted on September 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A blind man was tasered following a mistaken identity (his white walking stick was mistaken for a samurai sword). The Independent Police Complaints Commission has cleared the officer: “The circumstances are unusual because the officer was acting on the basis of erroneous reports from members of the public that the victim […]

UK – Lancashire Blind man seeks compensation for police Taser mistake (2013-01-09)

Posted on January 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Colin Farmer, 63, a blind stroke victim has issued a compensation claim after he was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun by a police officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. He collapsed to the ground in shock and believed he might be dying from another […]

UK – Specialist lawyers take on case of tasered Chorley, Lancashire man (2012-10-25)

Posted on October 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Blind Colin Farmer, 61, who is recovering after being tasered by mistake, has instructed Sophie Khan, of McMillan Williams Solicitors, a solicitor-advocate specialising in taser-related injuries, to represent him in his civil claim for compensation against the police. Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes in recent years, was walking in Peter […]

UK – Campaigners raise concerns over increased police Taser use (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 22 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in England rose by 45% in 2011 and the numbers are expected to continue to increase. Mistaken deployment of Taser on a Lancashire blind man – mistaking his blind-stick for a taser – and other incidents spark calls for more police control and restraint. A few weeks earlier, James McCarthy, […]

UK – ‘If you give the police more Tasers, don’t be shocked by the result’ (2012-10-21)

Posted on October 21 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When the police ask for extra weaponry in the struggle to defend our civil liberties, it’s time to start worrying. Last June the Police Federation wrote to the prime minister asking for the number of Tasers to be treble. The tasering of an elderly blind man who’d already suffered from two strokes […]

UK – Police use Taser on blind man after mistaking cane for sword – Later apologize for putting victim ‘through a traumatic experience’ (2012-10-17)

Posted on October 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In what may be the mnost surreal case of mistaken identity, UK police taser a blind man nistaking his blind cane for a samurai sword! Understandably, Colin Farmer did not stop when police demanded him to do so, without revealing they were poilice officers. Police later arrested a 27-year old man in […]