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Video: Police Tase Blind Stroke Victim Colin Farmer, Mistakes his Cane for a Sword

| by Michael Allen

An unidentified police officer is accused of tasering 61-year-old blind stroke victim Colin Farmer after he mistook his cane for a samurai sword (video below).

Farmer was walking to meet friends at a pub when he collapsed on the ground after being hit in the back with a 50,000 volt stun gun in Chorley, England, reports ITN News.

Farmer is blind as a result of two strokes and has to walk very slowly.

Farmer told ITN News: “I heard this man shouting. I thought they were shouting at some people. I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans. The next thing they fire a taser at me, though I didn’t know it was a taser at the time."

"I just felt this thump in my back. As soon as the taser hit me I hit the ground. I hit my head on the floor, then this policeman came around. I said ‘I’m blind, I’m blind. I’m blind.'"

Farmer has filed official complaint and is pursuing legal action against the police.

Chief Supt. Stuart Williams said in a statement: "We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry for that. We have launched an urgent investigation to understand what lessons can be learned and the matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

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