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Solid Police Work, Boys: British Cops Taze 61-Year Old Blind Man After Mistaking Cane For Samurai Sword

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Because taze first and ask questions/apologize later seems to be the protocol these days, police in England tazed 61-year old blind man Colin Farmer after mistaking his white cane for a samurai sword. To be fair though, police were on the lookout for a man who actually WAS running around the town drunk with a samurai sword, this just wasn't him. This was a 61-year old blind guy. No word how many cell phones they've mistaken for handguns.

He was walking to a pub to meet friends on Friday when the officer fired the Taser. It forced him to drop his stick and he fell to the ground, he said.


He said the experience had left him "shaking like a leaf" and scared to go outside.

"It felt like I was grabbing an electricity pylon," he said.

A man carrying a samurai sword was later arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

Well at least they caught the real ninja. Still -- all the sadness aside, how does Colin know what it feels like to grab an electricity pylon? I feel like he might have some really mean friends.

Hit the jump for an interview.

Thanks to Mantha and Thel200ster, who have never been tazed by the police. Me? I got tazed and pepper-sprayed in the same night.

There are Comments.
  • Mario Rosales

    if i was there i would have been like "DONT TAZE HIM BRO"

  • Guest

    Those pig bastards need to get their eyes checked. Hurting the innocent is not cool. >:(

  • Girgear

    You'd probably get shot by the police if you had one of those sword handle umbrellas. http://archive.pxlpark.com/upl...

  • I'm glad I don't live in Lancashire.

  • Patrick Caldwell

    Who is this blind guy looking at in the video with all his shifty eyes.....

  • This happened in Chorley......i'm from Chorley!! my hometown finally featured on Geekologie! WEWT!!!!

  • $18922249

    You and your pals should go out for a night of drinking to celebrate. On the way, you should put on a recreation of the battle between Obi Wan and Vader using nothing but walking sticks! What could possibly go wrong!?!

  • Sweet, order a XL pizza and I will be right over to celebrate!

  • spectre99

    terror alert: silver
    man, i feel safer already. a 40 year age spread, 100 lb weight deficite AND he's blind. top notch police work, must have been part of the new crack geriatric vice squad. dam, he cant even drive drunk. disciplinary action should be a white cane to the nuts over and over.
    he should be thankfull he doesnt live in dallas they prolly would have accidentaly shot him several times while trying to aprehend a crazy at the dart station. omg... do i feel safe

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    glad to see that America is not the only country with overzealous, power hungry cops looking for any excuse to take out their 'roid rage on the populace.

    http://tinyurl.com/9mv7gyv
    http://tinyurl.com/9kdm4uj

    I can clearly see how these two objects could be confused for one another.

  • NutSpark

    If you think of the sword from the side view it doesn't make sense, but if you consider what the sword would look like from the edge of the blade, it might be a little more understandable.

    http://tinyurl.com/963xa4l

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    how about maybe take some time to discover the truth before jumping to conclusions based on speculation of what you thought you saw. I understand your point, and I can see where the confusion would be from a side view of that type of sword, but that is a static shot of the blade. 10 seconds in the real world where people are moving and the viewing angle is constantly changing and you can quickly determine if someone is holding a cane for the blind or a samurai sword.

  • Patrick Caldwell

    Captain Knowitall, is here to stay!

  • NutSpark

    If you think police can take 10 seconds to make a decision you have no idea how the real world works. Police are trained to make snap decisions (is that a toy or a gun?) and act on them. If they took time to second guess their decisions it would cost lives. It'd be great if the police did have time to make sure things are threats before acting on them, but that is an unrealistic expectation.

  • the antagonist

    With a suspected firearm, you might have a point. But with a senior citizen and a suspected short range weapon, the cops surely could have taken the couple of seconds that would have been necessary to identify his cane.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    so...just go out there and work off pure adrenalin and end up doing things like this? I am sure all the kids and pregnant moms that have been at the end of the abuse of the police feel the same way. let's not forget the classic "I thought he had a gun" and an innocent is laying dead in the street. yeah...I think there needs to be some time for second guesses.

    Easy for you to take this attitude. I am sure it will quickly change if it ever happened to you. I am certain that this old man never thought in his life that he would be tasered, but it sure did happen didn't it?

  • n11

    Every country has their fair share.

  • LittleBigFace

    It's because they saw it through a bush, so they thought the red handle was the handle of the sword and the white long part was the blade.

  • GreyGanado

    Have you looked at the title picture?

  • Charles Whelan

    I think its a bit more common then you think... it is only more publicized in the States because it is less socially acceptable.. but then again, i have nothing to back that up with....

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