Australia, police taser 95-year-old in nursing home. Open investigation

The episode took place last Wednesday inside the Yallambee Lodge, a retirement home located in Cooma, a town in the state of New South Wales, Australia. A 95-year-old woman suffering from dementia and forced to walk with a walker fell to the ground after being tasered by a police officer in the chest and back. The agents, called by the managers of the structure after the elderly woman wandered through the corridors with a knife, would have hit the woman twice. In her fall, 95-year-old Clare Nowland suffered a fractured skull and a cerebral hemorrhage. The incident sparked protests from the population against the police.

An investigation has been opened

“The police tried to speak to the woman,” a statement read. “During this interaction, a senior officer discharged her taser, causing the woman to fall and hit her head,” she added. Now, “the agent’s service record is under review”, i.e. an investigation has been opened. “Her family are already in mourning because she doesn’t expect him to live,” family friend Andrew Thaler told the BBC. “The family is shocked, confused … and the community is outraged,” he added: “How can this happen? How do you explain this level of force? It’s absurd.”