Police use Taser on blind man after stick mistaken for sword
BBC News - Police use Taser on blind man after stick mistaken for sword
A police force has apologised after an officer used a Taser on a blind man whose white stick was mistaken for a sword.
The man was stunned by police following reports of a man walking through Chorley with a samurai sword on Friday.
Ch Supt Stuart Williams, of Lancashire Police, said the force deeply regrets" and had "clearly put this man through a traumatic experience".
The man was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged.
The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
A man carrying a samurai sword was later arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.