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http://news.sky.com/story/1036188/tasered-blind-man-claims-damages-from-police

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Tasered Blind Man Claims Damages From Police
Colin Farmer says he was assaulted, falsely imprisoned and that his human rights were breached after he was mistakenly tasered.
1:50pm UK, Thursday 10 January 2013
Colin Farmer

Colin Farmer collapsed to the ground when he was tasered
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The Taser gun delivers a 50,000-volt shock

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A blind man who was hit with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun after a police officer mistook his white stick for a samurai sword is seeking compensation.

Colin Farmer, who has suffered two strokes and walks at a "snail's pace", was on his way to a pub in Chorley, Lancashire, in October last year when he was tasered in the back.

Police had been responding to reports of a man walking through the town centre with a martial arts weapon.

Mr Farmer collapsed to the ground when he was hit and said he was handcuffed "so tightly" he was in "great pain".

The 63-year-old has now sent a letter to Lancashire Constabulary claiming damages for assault, false imprisonment and a breach of his human rights.

He is also seeking a declaration from the High Court that the use of the Taser was a breach of Britain's obligations under the Human Rights Act.

Lancashire Constabulary were unable to comment on Mr Farmer's compensation claim.

However, speaking in October, Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams said: "Lancashire Constabulary deeply regrets what has happened.

"We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry."

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is ongoing.

I'm on pins and needles wondering how that investigation is going to turn out.

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Re: Glad the UK was able to get this dangerous criminal off of the streets.
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 10:12:04 AM »
http://news.sky.com/story/1036188/tasered-blind-man-claims-damages-from-police

I'm on pins and needles wondering how that investigation is going to turn out.

Yes, just like we were back in 2005 when two from Special Branch managed to blow away a random man (and incidentally completely blow the stakeout they were supposed to be conducting at the time) and then the Metropolitans tried to cover up the mistakes.  Let's see, how did that turn out?  Oh, right, not only were the cops exonerated of everything, the gunman was back on regular duty before they even finished investigating.  How do we know that?  It turns out he killed another person.