A blind man, who was tasered by a police officer after his white stick was mistaken for a samurai sword, is reported to be seeking compensation.
Colin Farmer was involved in the incident that happened on the 12th of October. The 62 year old – who is registered as blind/partially sighted – was walking to meet friends in Chorley, Lancashire when the incident occurred.
Police had received reports that a man was walking around Chorley with a samurai sword, a martial arts weapon. A police officer came across Mr Farmer and mistook his white stick for a sword. Mr Farmer – who walks at a “snail’s pace” – did not stop for the officer as he mistook his shouting as being made by yobs. The officer then shot Mr Farmer in the back with a Taser stun gun.
The 50,000 volt stun gun caused Mr Farmer to collapse to the ground. Due to his sight problems he was unaware what was happening to him, and at one point believed he was dying from another stroke (he had suffered from two strokes previously). He was taken to hospital for treatment after the incident.
Now, media reports have confirmed that Mr Farmer is planning to make a civil claim for compensation against the Lancashire Police Force, and has instructed a solicitor to his case. The incident is also under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
A man was later found carrying a samurai sword and arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.