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Disciplinary hearing is set for taser police officer

Hearing set: Colin Farmer, who was hit by a 50,000-volt stun gun

Hearing set: Colin Farmer, who was hit by a 50,000-volt stun gun

 

A police officer who tasered a 63-year-old blind stroke victim will go before a disciplinary hearing in March.

Grandfather Colin Farmer was hit by the 50,000-volt stun gun as he made his way to meet friends for a drink in Chorley in 2012.

Police mistook his white stick for a samurai sword after responding to a report that a man was walking around town with a sword.

Lancashire Police have set a date for the Stage UPP (Unsatisfactory Performance Procedures) hearing for the officer who tasered Mr Farmer, of Royle Road, Chorley.

Mr Farmer’s solicitor Sophie Khan, solicitor-advocate and legal director of Police Action Centre, said he had been informed that the officer was due to attend the hearing.

She said: “It is hoped that the hearing will shed light on why the officer tasered my client in October 2012 and what action Lancashire Police will take against their officer.”

The officer will not be prosecuted. The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated the incident. The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to press charges.

Mr Farmer, who is registered blind after two strokes, has lodged a legal claim for damages against Lancashire Police.

He said when he was tasered he had heard shouting and thought “hooligans” were about to attack him.

Lancashire Police said; “A performance hearing will be held for the officer over two days on March 24 and 25. Mr Farmer will be invited to the hearing which will be chaired by an Assistant Chief Constable. We continue to work closely with the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as we have from the outset. Their Commissioner will attend the hearing.”

 

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