Police Taser a 95-Year-Old Woman With Dementia in Australia


A 95-year-old woman is in critical condition after police in Australia shocked her with a stun gun as she approached them with a walking frame and a steak knife at her nursing home.

Clare Nowland, who has dementia, was taken down by a senior constable, Peter Cotter, the assistant commissioner of New South Wales Police told a news conference Friday.

At the time, “she was approaching police, but it is fair to say at a slow pace,” he said. “She had a walking frame, but she had a knife.”


Although the police tried to negotiate with Ms. Nowland “for a number of minutes,” he said, “for whatever reason, Clare did not drop the knife.”


Family friend Andrew Thaler claimed Ms Nowland was struck twice – in the chest and the back – before she fell, suffering a fractured skull and a serious brain bleed.


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