Blind Man Tasered By Police Because They Thought His White Cane Was a Samurai Sword

By Sam Gibbs on at

Poor old Colin Farmer, a blind stroke victim who wields a white cane to feel his way along the path like many visually impaired people, was just minding his own business when he was seemingly set upon by police. After shouting at him, they tasered him to the ground, and cuffed him, mistaking said innocent white cane for a lethal weapon.

Apparently the police had mistaken Mr. Farmer for an armed and dangerous man carrying a samurai sword, who they were on the look out for after reports that said lunatic was wondering around Chorley in Lancashire. After Mr. Farmer, who had no way of knowing the police were targeting him, failed to stop walking after shouts from the police, they decided to taser him. 50,000 volts coursing through his body; just what his heart needed.

Considering he's 61, walks as "slow as a snail," and carries a white cane, you'd think it was obvious Farmer wasn't a threat. "I was absolutely terrified. I thought any second I'm going to have another stroke and this one will kill me," he said.

Lancashire police force are currently investigating how this horrendous case of mistaken identity happened, with the Independent Police Complaints Commission in on the act too. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I could differentiate between a sword and a blind man's cane, even in the heat of the moment. What on Earth were they thinking? [Metro]

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