Stun Gun On Blind Man: Wrong Place, Wrong Time

    October 17, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Uk police officers are apologetic today after using a stun gun to subdue what they thought was a dangerous, sword-wielding man and was actually a blind individual carrying a cane.

The officers say they were responding to numerous reports of a man walking through Chorley armed with a large Samurai sword and mistakenly used the weapon on 61-year old Colin Farmer, who is also a stroke victim. His white cane threw them off, they said.

“It then became apparent that this man was not the person we were looking for and officers attended to him straight away,” said Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams in a statement.

The officers then attended Farmer and sought medical attention for him.

“I certainly didn’t know they were police – and I certainly didn’t know they were shouting at me. I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans,” Farmer later said.

Officials say another man was eventually arrested in connection with the sword complaints.

  • H. Campbell

    This is puzzling to me. The UK police mistook a blind stroke patient who uses a white cane for a dangerous felon brandishing a Samurai sword, according to this article. I am sight-impaired, myself, and this leads to some questions on my part. What were the environmental conditions under which this was happening? How good or how poor was the lighting in the area? Don’t people in the UK recognize a blind person’s cane when they see it? About the cop who may have had the encounter–how good or poor was his own eyesight? And does anybody else see something wrong here?

  • http://www.drjaredcooper.com/ blind

    You have a family history of Macular Degeneration. Your grandfather had it. Your father had it. Chances are that you have the makings of Macular Degeneration. In fact your optometrist has said that he has noticed some drusen. Drusen is aging spots.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/stun-gun-on-blind-man-wrong-place-wrong-time-2012-10 anon

    I thought this kind of stooges and thugs stories only happens in USA. At least the apology was sincere.