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Blind Man Tasered As White Stick Mistaken For Gun

February 24, 2017

A blind man was Tasered by police after they mistook his cane for a gun.

Armed response officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to Albert Road in Levenshulme at about 18:40 GMT on Thursday after reports there was a man with a gun.

They say a Taser was deployed and a 43-year-old man was detained.

It was later discovered the man was actually carrying a folding cane and he was released as he posed no threat.

The incident has been referred to the GMP’s Professional Standards Branch.

Supt Steve Howard said: “Officers responded quickly to the incident to ensure the safety of the community of Levenshulme.

“It has been established that there was no threat and enquiries are ongoing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident.”

In 2012, a blind man was Tasered in Chorley, Lancashire, after his white stick was mistaken for a Samurai sword.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew Longworth-Dames permalink
    February 24, 2017 7:35 pm

    Are there no sight requirements when joining the police. If you can’t tell the difference between a stick and a sword time to do another job. It should be pretty clear even in the evening light. What happened to excuse me sir is that a sword in your hand? More armed police, no thank you.

  2. February 25, 2017 9:08 pm

    And yet another incident that will create a ‘need’ for armed police to take away yet another piece of our democracy – well, what’s left after the tories have ground it to nothing, anyway 😦

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