Oct 23, 2012
LONDON — A blind man is suing British police after he was tasered by an officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword, his lawyer said Monday.
The incident happened in the market town of Chorley in Lancashire, northwest England, on Friday after police received reports of a man walking through the town carrying a sword.
One policeman thought he had tracked down the offender and asked 62-year-old Colin Farmer to stop. When he failed to do so, the officer stunned him with his Taser gun.
On realising the mistake, officers rushed the victim to a hospital where he was discharged after a check-up.