Lancashire tasered blind man puts in damage claim

Preston and Leyland Citizen: TASERED Colin Farmer TASERED Colin Farmer

A BLIND man tasered by a Lancashire police officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword has issued a claim for damages against the county’s police force.

Colin Farmer has sent a letter to Lancashire Constabulary seeking damages for an incident on October 12, in which he tasered by a stun gun which delivers 50,000 volts.

The weapon was discharged by an officer in Peter Street, Chorley, as Mr Farmer made his way to a pub to meet friends.

In addition Mr Farmer, via McMillan Williams solicitors, will be seeking a declaration of incompatibility from the High Court in relation to the use of the taser on him.

Stroke victim Mr Farmer, 61, claimed he collapsed to the ground in shock after he was hit in the back with the gun while walking down the street.

Police had been responding to reports of a man walking through the town armed with the deadly martial arts sword and were searching the town centre for a suspect.

A statement from his solicitor, Sophie Khan, said: “Mr Farmer is claiming damages for assault, false imprisonment, breach of Article 3 under the European Convention of Human Rights and personal injury for the physical and psychological injuries he has suffered as a result of the incident.”

The police force has already issued an apology saying they ‘deeply regret’ what has happened.

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5:05pm Fri 11 Jan 13

glossopkid says...

So much for the police not knowing the difference between Martial Arts sword and a walking stick.
How about letting the public know if the officer who committed this act is suspended or not? What action will be taken against this officer, if any?

The police might be protectors of the law but there has to be a line drawn when the police do wrong they too have to be punished like the mere mortals that they serve.
Double standards once again!!!!!!!!
So much for the police not knowing the difference between Martial Arts sword and a walking stick. How about letting the public know if the officer who committed this act is suspended or not? What action will be taken against this officer, if any? The police might be protectors of the law but there has to be a line drawn when the police do wrong they too have to be punished like the mere mortals that they serve. Double standards once again!!!!!!!! glossopkid
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8:09pm Fri 11 Jan 13

George.White.Bread says...

glossopkid wrote:
So much for the police not knowing the difference between Martial Arts sword and a walking stick.
How about letting the public know if the officer who committed this act is suspended or not? What action will be taken against this officer, if any?

The police might be protectors of the law but there has to be a line drawn when the police do wrong they too have to be punished like the mere mortals that they serve.
Double standards once again!!!!!!!!
In one breath you are asking if this officer has been punished and in the next accusing the Police of double standards which suggests that you have already made your mind up that he hasn't been punished.

Think about what you post before you post it!
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: So much for the police not knowing the difference between Martial Arts sword and a walking stick. How about letting the public know if the officer who committed this act is suspended or not? What action will be taken against this officer, if any? The police might be protectors of the law but there has to be a line drawn when the police do wrong they too have to be punished like the mere mortals that they serve. Double standards once again!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]In one breath you are asking if this officer has been punished and in the next accusing the Police of double standards which suggests that you have already made your mind up that he hasn't been punished. Think about what you post before you post it! George.White.Bread
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11:55am Sun 13 Jan 13

Oxy Moron says...

George.White.Bread wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
So much for the police not knowing the difference between Martial Arts sword and a walking stick.
How about letting the public know if the officer who committed this act is suspended or not? What action will be taken against this officer, if any?

The police might be protectors of the law but there has to be a line drawn when the police do wrong they too have to be punished like the mere mortals that they serve.
Double standards once again!!!!!!!!
In one breath you are asking if this officer has been punished and in the next accusing the Police of double standards which suggests that you have already made your mind up that he hasn't been punished.

Think about what you post before you post it!
glossopkid can be excused for this error. The style of writing suggests anger, and it is known that such emotion can affect reasoning. Support for glossopkid's view can be heard in many quarters. It is a strong argument against the arming of all police officers.
[quote][p][bold]George.White.Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: So much for the police not knowing the difference between Martial Arts sword and a walking stick. How about letting the public know if the officer who committed this act is suspended or not? What action will be taken against this officer, if any? The police might be protectors of the law but there has to be a line drawn when the police do wrong they too have to be punished like the mere mortals that they serve. Double standards once again!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]In one breath you are asking if this officer has been punished and in the next accusing the Police of double standards which suggests that you have already made your mind up that he hasn't been punished. Think about what you post before you post it![/p][/quote]glossopkid can be excused for this error. The style of writing suggests anger, and it is known that such emotion can affect reasoning. Support for glossopkid's view can be heard in many quarters. It is a strong argument against the arming of all police officers. Oxy Moron
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8:50pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Graham Hartley says...

It is reported elsewhere in this newspaper that Malcolm Doherty, former Chairman of Lancashire Police Authority, ...said “Taser guns are only deployed in a situation where officers feel they would be faced with a gun."
(LT Thursday 18th October 2012)

If this guidance is correct, the Taser should not have been used.
It is reported elsewhere in this newspaper that Malcolm Doherty, former Chairman of Lancashire Police Authority, ...said “Taser guns are only deployed in a situation where officers feel they would be faced with a gun." (LT Thursday 18th October 2012) If this guidance is correct, the Taser should not have been used. Graham Hartley
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