Police tase blind, 61-year-old man

Police tase blind, 61-year-old man

They thought he had a sword.

When 61-year-old Colin Farmer decides to go out and about, it's slightly more complicated than it would be for most of us. Colin is blind, or at the very least, enough to the point that he needs the aide of a cane to get about. Little did he realize that this would actually land him in a spot of troubleAlso out and about on that day was a drunk man running about with a katana. One thing led to another and an officer somehow mistook Colin for the said perp, and tased him, before handcuffing him in the streets. He was released and taken to hospital after a second “and much brighter” officer arrived on the scene.

What gets me the most about this fail is how in the bloody hell can you mix up a cane intended for the blind and a katana? Not only is the length totally different, but the most telling difference between the two is that one is a very very thin five-foot cylindrical pole. The other is curved, made of of steel and has a sharpened edge, not to mention a guard, wrapped handle and no leather loop on the pommel to put around your wrist.

Nor does one walk around with a katana out in front of them bumping it into things and feeling around as they walk. That's pretty bad for the edge. I can understand mistaken identity of SOME objects But a long skinny cane for the blind and a katana? That’s like mistaking an umbrella for a shoe.