Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Which One's the Blind Guy?

A 61-year-old blind man, carrying a white stick (as you do when you're blind and have to feel your way around), was tasered by a Police officer, after reports of a man carrying a samurai sword.

The simple question is: shouldn't the Police Officer also be carrying a white stick because its pretty obvious there's an issue with his eyesight?

I mean, he had time and (one would hope for a Policeman) the ability to exercise due diligence in making sure the "sword" was indeed a sword and not for instance, a blind man's white stick. If necessary employing superior technological means in order to aid his identification of the "weapon", such as a torch. Or glasses.

But no, the calibre of Police thug we employ these days charges in with size nines, shouts a lot and then deploys weapons in order to bully the "suspect" into compliance. Witness the number of quite innocuous drunks I've seen wrestled aggressively to the floor for no particular reason other than they're to drunk to put up much of a fight.

It rather makes me think that in order to be a successful applicant for the Police, one has to have a raft of previous psychological issues that can be deployed against the population at a moments notice.


I'm sure we're all confident that this new Police Commissioner scheme will address issues like this aren't we?

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