A blind stroke victim shot in the back with a 50,000-volt taser stun gun by a police officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword announced today he was seeking compensation.
Colin Farmer, who has suffered two strokes and walks at a "snail's pace" after suffering two strokes, was on his way to a pub to meet friends for a drink when he was tasered.
The blunder happened after reports were received of a man walking through the town centre of Chorley, Lancashire, with a martial arts weapon.
Solicitors confirmed Mr Farmer, 62, was planning to launch a civil claim against Lancashire Police who have apologised for the incident and launched an investigation.
The matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the officer involved has not been suspended and remains on duty.
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