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Paul Farmer’s Anger As Taser PC Keeps Job

March 27, 2014

PC Stuart Wright used the 50,000-volt device after mistaking Colin Farmer’s white stick for a Samurai sword.

But after a gross incompetency hearing, he has simply received a “written improvement notice” and been told to say sorry.

Mr Farmer, 64, a retired developer, condemned the decision as “too little too late” and said he didn’t want “crocodile tears”.

He said: “He has been treated like a naughty schoolboy.

“I almost died that day and my life has been ruined. But he gets to walk away from it all with his job intact.

“An apology might make him feel better and take away some of the guilt but it wouldn’t be good for my health.

“The incident has left me terrified. I believe it was total negligence.”

The incident happened in October 2012 as Mr Farmer, from Chorley, Lancs, was walking to meet friends at a restaurant.

Witnesses saw PC Wright jump out of a police van, shout: “Stop, police or I’ll use Taser – I’ve warned you.”

Mr Farmer – who went blind in 2008 after a stroke – then fell to the ground twitching as PC Wright handcuffed him.

The officer was acting on reports of a “skinhead in jeans in his 20s” roaming Chorley armed with a sword. He said later: “I think I’ve got the wrong person.”

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Jacques said: “The officer made a dreadful mistake but was acting on a reasonable belief that his actions were necessary to protect the public.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2014 9:50 am

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.

  2. allan j permalink
    March 27, 2014 1:25 pm

    “The officer made a dreadful mistake but was acting on a reasonable belief that his actions were necessary to protect the public.”

    meaning go away Colin and shut up has we couldnt care less

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