Oztalgian 2,922 Posted May 21 Report Share Posted May 21 I am sure you have seen the media reports of a 95 year woman in a care home with dementia and on a walking frame being tasered by New South Wales police in Cooma. The lady, Clare Nowland was claimed by police to be advancing slowly towards them with her walking frame and carrying a knife. A taser was used and media reports say Clare fell and hit her head. The taser was fired by a police officer with 12 years experience who is currently "no longer in the office". The Police Commissioner has so far refused requests to release bodycam footage of the incident. Clare who frail, is 5'2" and 43 kg and remains in a critical but stable condition in Cooma hospital. The question remains as to why two officers thought it necessary to use such force and could/should they have handled it differently. On the opposite side of the equation Adelaide traffic was disrupted for several hours by a 69 year old "Extinction Rebellion protester" who had abseiled from a city bridge. Police and emergency services were called to remove the protester from the bridge. The response was for parliament to increase the fines for protesters that cause disruption from $750 to $50,000 or three months in jail. (As if these protesters are likely to pay any fines) The change in laws took less than 24 hours to get through both houses of parliament. 1 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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