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Lancashire Police Officer Who Electrocuted Innocent Blind Man Keeps His Taser

by | 26th, March 2014

COLIN Farmer was 63 when he was handcuffed by police October 12, 2012. He is partially sighted. He carries a white stick.

But one copper, a PC Stuart Wright, thought that white stick looked like a samurai sword. PC Wright is not partially sighted. But he might be mentally negligible.

Mr Farmer “posed no threat” as he walked to the pub in Chorley, in Lancashire.

But police has been called. A passer-by had mistakenly thought Mr Farmer was carrying a weapon.

Soon, PC Wright arrived. He saw Mr Farmer. He shot his taser at Mr Farmer.

As his victim lay prone on the ground, the copper told a colleague, who had arrived later: “I think I’ve got the wrong person.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said PC Stuart Wright should face gross misconduct proceedings. But Lancashire Constabulary thought it better the copper who electrocuted an innocent man with 50,000 volts must be issued with a “performance improvement notice” and apologise personally to Mr Farmer.

Mr Farmer is  “stunned” that criminal charges are not being brought against the PC.

The Times sums up the litany of errors:

Its report in August found that PC Wright ignored instructions and radio transmissions about how officers were to search the area and respond to any sightings of a man with a sword. He also failed to comply with local and national guidelines in relation to the use of Taser, and “caused further distress” to Mr Farmer by detaining him in handcuffs despite it being obvious he had the wrong man.

IPCC Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone says:

“Mr Farmer was subjected to what must have been a terrifying ordeal. Our view was that PC Wright could and

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