Police officer tasers blind man for carrying a stick

Colin Farmer 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) A blind man got tasered by police officers after walking on the street with his stick, according to reports in the United Kingdom.

A police officer is under investigation after tasering the blind man on the street after he mistook his white cane for a samurai sword.

Former company director Colin Farmer, 61, was hit in the back by a 50,000 volt stun device and then handcuffed while he was on his way to meet friends for a drink at the local pub.

Police had been dispatched earlier after reports of a man wandering around Chorley town centre in Lancs, armed with a sword.
A police officer saw stroke victim Farmer walking down the street with his white cane to get around, and wrongly assumed he was the swordsman.

Farmer, who used to run an architect business, said he had made a formal complaint and has taken legal action against the police in Lancashire, who have apologized and launched an investigation.

"It was like being trapped in a nightmare," Farmer, a fellow of the Institute of Management for 20 years, said. "I did not even know that the police were there. I heard men shouting. I thought they were yelling at some people," he said.

"I certainly did not know they were police and certainly did not know they were yelling at me. I thought that I was going to be attacked by hooligans. Next thing I know is that I was shot with a Taser gun, but I did not know it was a Taser at the time,” he told investigators.