On 23 February 2017 Police Officers tasered a 43 year old blind man with a 50,000 volt stun gun, as he waited on a platform for a train home. It is reported the man collapsed before being detained by Greater Manchester Police Officers.
The Police have since confirmed that although the Officers thought the man had a weapon it was in fact a folding cane. The Police Force’s Professional Standards Department is reported to be investigating how the Police mistook the blind man’s cane for a gun.
Unfortunately this is not the first case of Police Officers using a Taser on a blind person. In 2012 a blind man was taken to Hospital after being tasered by Police in Lancashire. His white stick was mistaken by Police for a Samurai Sword. Colin Farmer was on his way to meet friends when he was shot in the back. He collapsed to the floor face down and was handcuffed. It is understood Mr Farmer pursued a civil action for compensation against the Police and was paid an undisclosed sum.