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Blind Man Mistakenly Tasered By Police

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KHQ.COM: 61-year-old Colin Farmer, a blind man and a stroke victim thought he was just walking to meet friends at a local pub when he was hit in the back by a 50,000 volt stun device and then handcuffed. 

Police, who had received a call that a man was walking the streets armed with a Samurai sword, mistook Farmer's white walking stick as the sword and assumed he was the swordsman.

According to Farmer, he heard yelling but he did not know the yelling was directed at him nor did he know it was the police. 

"I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans. The next thing, they fired a taser at me, though I didn't know it was a taser at the time.

"I just felt this thump in the back. As soon as the taser hit me I hit the ground.

"The whole thing was like being trapped in a nightmare." Farmer said.

Farmer hit his head on the ground and a policeman quickly knelt on his back and handcuffed his hands so tight, he now has bruises.

Farmer has suffered from two strokes, which left him blind. The first came in November of 2008 and the second, earlier this year in March caused him to spend two months in the hospital. 

"I was absolutely terrified. I thought any second I'm going to have another stroke and this one will kill me."

Farmer walks extremely slow and has a hard time using the left side of his body. Even simple tasks can be challenging for him. He is still boggled by how the police could have mistaken him for a man with a sword.

Farmer has filed a complaint and is taking legal action against Lancashire Police. 

Chief Supt Stuart Williams, of Chorley Police told the Chorley Guardian, "Lancashire Constabulary deeply regrets what has happened. We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry for that." They have launched an urgent investigation hoping to learn some valuable lessons from the incident.

This story was filed and written by KHQ's Nichole Mischke.

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