British police have apologised to a blind man on whom officers used a stungun after mistaking his cane for a samurai sword.
Colin Farmer was blasted by the Taser, which can deliver a 50,000 volt shock, as he walked along a street in the northern English town of Chorley.
Farmer said: “I thought I was going to get mugged. And the next thing I knew, is that a… and without warning I got tasered in the middle of my back.”
The police force invovled say their officers were responding to reports of a man roaming the streets with a sword. They have apologised to the 61-year-old for what they say was clearly “a traumatic experience.”
The incident may be being investigated by an independent police watchdog.