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

October 18, 2012


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • Darren Yates

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • n11

    Every country has their fair share.

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