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Tasered Blind Man Claims Damages From Police
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.
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Deserves every penny
And everyone thought bruce lee was dead. suckers!
Take them for millions mate
Who really needs the white stick!? I hope that copper never gets given a real gun!!
Hope he wins terrible what happened hope the cop responsible gets sacked how can you mistake a white stick for a sword and them tasser him surely that should be a last resort if they're a serious danger to the public and cowardly to shoot in the back and then to handcuff him could he still not tell difference between sword and stick???
You know the officer in question will end up getting more compensation that the victim.
You're probably right and promoted