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Blind man Tasered as cane mistaken for gun in Levenshulme Englandtassered

This is not a new story but oh my..

A police force has apologised after a blind man was Tasered because his cane was mistaken for a firearm.
Armed response officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called at about 18:40 GMT on Thursday after reports there was a man with a gun.
The 43-year-old was uninjured during the incident in Albert Road, Levenshulme, GMP assistant chief constable Garry Shewan said.
"Officers have been with him, and have now apologised for what happened."
He said: "Two witnesses, as well as our firearms officers, believed the man was acting in an agitated manner and in the dark, the folded cane appeared to be a gun.
"An officer decided that in the circumstances, and to ensure the safety of the man and public, he should deploy a Taser."
No complaint
He said an initial review indicated the officer "carried out a suitable risk assessment and, with the information he had available at the time, made what appeared to be an appropriate decision".
He said the 43-year-old man "acknowledged that his behaviour could have led to people being concerned".
"The man has accepted our apology and does not wish to make a complaint however we will continue to review the situation."
In 2012, a blind man was Tasered in Chorley, Lancashire, after his white stick was mistaken for a Samurai sword

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Young vision impaired Londoners set a new direction for Tube travelwayfindrimage

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reshi and cabsRaising further issues over disabled access for the blind the BBC revealed in the regional TV news programme Inside Out London and on the BBC news website the appalling behaviour of public transport providers.
A close friend of indy was featured with his guide dog Lana and the story reveals the outrageous excuses and ignorance he and a co researcher wheelchair bound endured.

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msoft hsetNow a lot has been said across all the media streams on the headset linked to your mobile to give real time navigation voice prompts to provide assistance for independent mobility you around urban/city streets and to provide vital information on public transport such as buses.

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blind orchestrabbc-blocks-darkBaluji Shrivastav is one of the music world's most in-demand sitar players.and he has been blind since he was four, he's now leading an ensemble of blind musicians.

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optixpressOptical Express is considering an appeal after it was ordered to pay one of its customers £500,000 in damages.

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crossings-seqNow we need to turn up the pressure to get better crossings and safer streets - just follow this link to make our crossing safer and join the campaign

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gide dogs londonThe Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has advised that many of their members are frightened of going out with more reports from guide dog owners who had been hit by a cyclist or come close to a collision.

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Monash University is preparing to launch technology that should allow blind users to make out objects and other people
Oliver Milman reports on the latest in sight giving technology


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As fighting continues in Gaza and Israel, two blind women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, describe how they experience war through hearing it, and how it affects their lives.


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V smith n horseBlind equestrian Verity Smith's dreams of competing at the London 2012 Paralympics were crushed when her horse was put down. Now back in the saddle, she's set her sights on being part of Team GB's Rio 2016 Paralympics dressage team.


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