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The lawful tasering of an innocent man signals a dark age of UK policing

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 00.42.34By Simon Davies

The seemingly growing dysfunction within the UK police reached new heights yesterday when an officer was exonerated without charge after tasering an innocent 63 year-old man who is registered as blind.

The officer claimed he had mistaken the blind invalid’s white cane for a samurai sword and neutralised him with a 50,000 volt taser before forcing the terrified man to the ground and handcuffing him. Even then, in close proximity to the cane, the officer apparently still didn’t notice the subtle difference between a disability aid and an instrument of death.

This oversight was assisted by the officer’s incapacity to obey instructions from his command. He acted alone.

Note the striking similarities between a blind man's cane and a samurai sword

Note the striking similarities between a blind man’s cane and a samurai sword

The officer has been ordered to apologise to the victim, Colin Farmer, in person. He will also be subjected to the mildly humiliating nuisance of a “performance improvement notice”.

Mr Farmer later explained “I’ve not had any justice – it nearly killed me, I nearly left all my children behind me, for what? Being blind and having a stick,”

To be clear, this article is not satire. ‘Satire” is not a listed keyword here. These events actually happened.

Still, face it, it’s an easy mistake to make.. Note, in the pictures to the left, the striking similarity of the two objects – the identical curve, the eerily similar Ming decoration and the fact that both are quite obviously concealed weapons.

It must also be easy to mistake a 63 year old man for the reported 27 year old man who was allegedly carrying the samurai sword (who, by the way, was apprehended but later released without charge – and without the accompanying tasering and physical assault).

One question that some people are wrestling with is why a police officer who is clearly incapable of making consistent rational decisions, obeying the chain of command and who exercises brutality is deemed worthy of continuing the role as a trusted enforcement officer.

It is not necessary for this column to bore readers with the litany of recent transgressions by UK police, from faking evidence, perjury, intimidation and institutional corruption. It’s only necessary to warn that when the independent police authority (the Independent Police Complaints Commission – IPPC) which levied this slap, starts engaging in political negotiation on penalties – as it clearly has – Britain has entered a dark ages of policing.