WTF Policing: Cops Taser Blind, Disabled Man Assuming Walking Stick Is Samurai Sword

Normally we feature stories about dumb criminals, but every now and then it is the law enforcers themselves who err and have their confounding actions written about.

This is one of those cases; British cops tasered a blind, two-time stroke victim after they believed that his walking stick was a samurai sword.

This crazy event unfolded last week in Lancashire in the North of England; police got a call from witnesses claiming to have seen a man walking around wielding a samurai sword. They took to the streets to attempt to find this man and instead they came across 61-year-old retired architect Colin Farmer who is BLIND and believing him to be the man with the samurai sword, they tasered and handcuffed him.

Eventually one of the police officers realized that they had made a mistake and Farmer was rushed to hospital.
I’m sorry, but in what alternate plane of reality does one have to exist in order to mistake a walking stick for a samurai sword? I just can’t fathom it!

Farmer described the incident to reporters, he said:

“I heard this male voice shouting and bawling at me from behind and I became frightened because I thought I was about to be mugged…Obviously I am the perfect target for muggers, because I don’t know what is going on around me and I carried on walking in the hope I would get away.”

Then Farmer explained feeling a “thump in the back” and a “huge electric shock” that he likened to “thousands of volts” going through his body.

Elaborating on the traumatic ordeal Farmer explains:

“I thought that I was honestly going to die and they were going to kill me. All my muscles turned to dust and I thought I was having another stroke. I said ‘I’m blind, I’m blind. I’m blind,’ but this policeman knelt on me and dragged my arms round my back.”

It was only then that it dawned on the police that Farmer was not a violent criminal and took him to hospital. Lancashire police have expressed “deep regret” for the “traumatic experience” that Farmer was subjected to, but they claim it was an honest mistake.
Apparently Farmer’s walking aid really did look like the samurai sword that witnesses had claimed to have seen a man wielding in the same area. WTF!!! They have also suggested that Farmer’s behavior prompted the officer to use a taser on him.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams said that the officer at the scene believed he had located the person with the samurai sword, he asked Farmer to stop but when he did not, the officer tasered him.

Unsurprisingly, Farmer is not too happy with the police’s explanation. He said: “I walk at a snail’s pace. They could have walked past me, driven past me in the van, or said drop your weapon – but as far as I’m concerned they didn’t.”

The incident has been passed on to the Independent Police Complaints Commission where it will be investigated.
Farmer said that the incident has left him unable to sleep and afraid to go outside. He said he will not be satisfied until the officer is punished for his actions.

Farmer said:

“I want this officer sacked, charged and locked up because there is no excuse whatsoever for attacking a registered blind and disabled retired man without warning and with such a potentially lethal weapon.”

Later on in the evening, police were able to discern the difference between a walking stick and a samurai sword and a 27-year old “drunk and disorderly” man was arrested for carrying the weapon and later released without charge. Interestingly this arrest took place without the use of a taser!!

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