British police apologized on Wednesday for using a stun gun on a blind man after officers mistook his white cane for a samurai sword.In what light do you mistake a white cane for a samurai sword? And why do you taser someone who does not appear to be actually committing an act of violence.
Officers were responding to “a number of reports that a man was walking through Chorley armed with a samurai sword,” when they confronted Colin Farmer, who was on his way to meet friends in a pub last Friday, in the northern English town.
When Farmer, 61, did not respond to their calls to stop, one of the officers used his taser stun gun, which delivers a 50,000 volt shock.
When they realized they'd tasered an innocent blind man, they expressed regret...
“Lancashire Constabulary deeply regrets what has happened. We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry for that.”If I were king of England, I'd order each of the officers involved in the incident to be tasered by surprise while walking down the street unawares.
Police later arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the sword reports but released him without charge.