The Australian police officer who used a stun gun to suppress Claire Nowland, 95, has been suspended pending the incident being investigated.
New South Wales Police in Australia confirmed on May 23 that they had suspended but still paid the wages of the officer who fired a stun gun that left Claire Nowland seriously ill at Yallambee Lodge nursing home on May 17. It is not clear how long the officer with 12 years of experience will be suspended.
The New South Wales authorities’ action comes as they are under pressure to release a video recording the elderly woman’s repression with a police camera.
New South Wales Police objected to this and Chief Constable Karen Webb said that Ms. Nowland did not want the video released. However, Green Party MP Sue Higginson on 23 May sent a petition to the New South Wales legislature, asking that the video be made public.
Mrs. Clare Nowland. Photo: Guardian
MP Verde also called for an independent investigation into the incident and the legislature would open an investigation into the powers and response of the police force in dealing with vulnerable people.
Meanwhile, New South Wales Police Chief Yasmin Catle promised a “drastic and transparent” investigation, insisting that the best in the state would be involved. Mrs. Catle added that “politicizing the issue” has not helped resolve the issue.
The 95-year-old woman, 1.57 m tall and 43 kg in weight, was restrained by police with a taser while holding a kitchen knife in a nursing home. She walked slowly towards the police, having to use a support structure when moving. The stun gun caused her to fall and injure her head, leaving her in critical condition.
In 2020, six Australian police officers also handcuffed an 80-year-old woman, Rachel Grahame, because she grabbed the handle of an employee’s card.
Ngoc Anh (according to Guardian)