Police Shoot Blind Stroke Victim With Taser In Back In Fear That His White Stick Was A “Samurai Sword”

170px-Long_caneColin Farmer, 63, is a blind stroke victim who uses a standard white stick to walk. Farmer suddenly found himself on the ground in Lancashire, England after a police officer thought he was brandishing a samurai sword. He shot Farmer in the back with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun.

Farmer, 63, was on his way to a pub to meet friends and, due to two prior strokes, moved quite slowly. He fell to the ground in shock on October 12th and only found out later that an officer had shot him.

He is seeking damages for assault, false imprisonment and a breach of his human rights. The police department is still investigating though all of the staring at the cane is unlikely to turn into anything that looks like a samurai sword.

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Source: Independent

48 thoughts on “Police Shoot Blind Stroke Victim With Taser In Back In Fear That His White Stick Was A “Samurai Sword”

  1. What a joke of an excuse for the abuse of an elderly, handicapped man. You can never be too careful about those blind Samurai warriors sneaking around Lancashire!

  2. “Farmer suddenly found himself on the ground in Lancashire, England after a police officer thought he was brandishing a samurai sword.”

    *********************

    A katana? It’s a shillelagh, of course.

  3. A “Samurai Sword”? Surely they jest. I hope he sues the police and anyone else for all they’re worth! Tasered in the back because the police “thought” he “might” have had a long, sharp, dangerous weapon? Will someone please take tasers away from all so-called law enforcement before they kill us all with their new toy – or give the blind stroke victim a second stroke, seizure, or heart attack. Must be time for a new version of “Mondo Cane.”

  4. That is odd. I don’t know how they do it in the UK, but I failed my driver’s permit test many years ago by one question:

    How can you identify a blind person?

    I answered “all of the above”, but the actual correct answer was that you can identify them BY THEIR CANE WITH ITS ORANGE AND WHITE MARKINGS…

  5. In the officer’s defense, he also once identified a nuclear warhead as an espresso machine. The lad is a wee bit confused. A katana? Really?

  6. It would be good to read the police report on this. But I would say the officer just lit the man up right off the bat. Had he waited 2 seconds, it should have been obvious that a samaurai sword is not standard issue for the blind.

  7. Well he was blind and soon to be a blind drunk….. They are just doing preventative measures……it’s all in the report I’m sure….

  8. This isn’t the first time blind people have been attacked without provocation, and the gang members not identifying themselves as such before attacking.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1989-05-17/news/mn-225_1_officers-beat-blind-man-batons-cane

    Are they simply incompetent and blind? Are they ignorant of how to identify walking sticks of the blind? Or are they just thugs who enjoy beating up people who cannot defend themselves? Given the history of their willingness to commit violence (and the lack of any accountability, the legal immunity they get), it’s probably all of the above.

    Please explain again why members of the world’s largest criminal street gang cannot be referred to with a certain word, despite the fact that it’s so apt.

  9. After reading the many incidents of Police Abuse on this blog, I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t some sort of Undiagnosed Stress related Psychological Condition that some Police officers develop that unhinges their Reasoning Skills.

    Add to that a Culture of Militarized Power and we end up with a Volatile Mixture where the Police become a Menace to Society.

  10. ospreysun – “I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t some sort of Undiagnosed Stress related Psychological Condition that some Police officers develop that unhinges their Reasoning Skills.”

    It’s called standard training procedures. Militaries and para-military groups brainwash recruits into having a superiority complex and viewing non-members as worth less than themselves or even as subhuman. They are not just taught but encouraged to use excessive violence against those weaker than themselves, and only to protect fellow terrorists who wear the same uniform.

    This video well explains the brainwashing and military mentalities:

    “War with Gwynne Dyer, Part 2: Anybody’s Son Will Do”

    I saw first hand the encouragement of hypocrisy and violence in “police training”, It’s why I quit, it contradicted with my own sense of right and wrong, my view that all people have the same rights. And why I have absolutely no trust for any of them.

  11. How can the cop who’s close enough to taser the guy cannot see the difference between a cane and a samurai sword? Why did the cop not call out to the guy before tasering him in the back? Even if it was a samurai sword, is it illegal to possess one in public if you’re not brandishing it against someone?

  12. Taser is a deadly weapon. Stop. Taser is a deadly weapon. Stop. Taser is a deadly weapon.
    The use of deadly force is only justified when?
    a. Old guy with cane is too slow?
    b. Guy named Adam has an automatic weapon and is shooting kids.
    c. Kids are frolicking in the park where there is a “no frolicking” sign.

  13. Preventative measures like a fear giving pharisee. They were at odds with Jesus. The police are taught to be an atheist in action. Legal; system, military, and police are the real atheists

  14. If the hiring agent, whoever that is, cannot choose and instruct officers better than this –maybe there are two positions that need filling.

  15. OK, that’s the second one I’ve seen where the cops in England attacked someone they thought had a sword. What’s the deal? Does everyone in England carry a sword now since they can’t carry heat? So the cops are EXPECTING a sword around every corner? Maybe they should just outlaw swords like they outlawed guns over there, and then the cops won’t have to worry about all these swordwielding old men!

  16. Not to mention! Since they got him in the back, why didn’t they just ”step back a step or two” and tell him to gently lay his ”sword” on the ground?

  17. That would have confused the blind man thinking; can that officer be talking to me thinking Nah he can’t can’t be. talking to me. The police thinks the blind man is not complying. He then pulls out his gun to kill him. Caption reads; Police tell man to put down Samurai sword. Irate out of control Man brandishes wreapon threatening a police officer. Man refuses to obey the repeated commands to throw down the weapon. Officer of the law. open fire. Police are Justified in killing a man with deadly Samurai sword.

  18. That would have confused the blind man thinking; can that officer be talking to me thinking, Nah he can’t can’t be talking to me. The police thinks the blind man is not complying. He then pulls out his gun to kill him. Caption reads; police tell man to put down Samurai sword. Irate out of control Man brandishes wreapon threatening a police officer. Man refuses to obey the repeated commands to throw down the weapon. Officer of the law opens fire. Police are Justified in killing a man with deadly Samurai sword.

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