95 Year Old Woman Passes Away After Shocking Taser Incident In Australian Nursing Home
A 95 year old woman passes away after shocking taser incident in Australian nursing home last week, police in New South Wales said Wednesday.
The police said in a Facebook post, Wednesday.
Mrs Nowland passed away peacefully in hospital just after 7pm this evening, surrounded by family and loved ones who have requested privacy during this sad and difficult time.
Officer Charged With Multiple Offenses As 95 Year Old Woman Passes Away After Shocking Taser Incident In Australian Nursing Home
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An officer who allegedly tasered Nowland has been charged with multiple offenses including recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and assault.
The family of Clare Nowland released a statement earlier this week.
This is a most worrying and distressing time for our family and we are united in our support for Clare and for each other. We stand together. We thank everyone here in Cooma, the wider region and, in fact, the whole country and around the world for the outpouring of support for her and her ongoing battle with dementia – which touches so many.
- Family of Clare Nowland
Last week, NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Peter Cotter told reporters that police were called to Nowland's care home in the town of Cooma, New South Wales, around 4:15 a.m. to reports of a resident with a knife.
"At the time she was tasered, she was approaching police. It is fair to say at a slow pace. She had a walking frame. But she had a knife," Cotter told reporters on Friday.
Family friend Andrew Thaler said before the incident Nowland was frail and unable to stand unaided. She weighed just 43 kilograms (95 pounds) and was 5-foot-2 (1.58 meters) tall and was suffering dementia. After charges were laid, he questioned why it had taken police so long to act.
"Why has it taken so long? Anyone else would have been charged straight away," Thaler said.
New South Wales (NSW) Police Commissioner Karen Webb announced the charges against the unidentified 33-year-old senior constable Wednesday.
Two police body cameras captured video of the incident but the footage hasn't been publicly released.
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NSW police guidelines say that tasers should only be used on elderly or disabled people in "exceptional circumstances."
The incident has raised serious questions about the use of force by the police, mainly when dealing with vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and disabled.
The tragedy serves as a reminder of the need for proper training and guidelines for law enforcement officers to handle situations involving elderly and disabled individuals with the utmost care and sensitivity. The investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing, and the charges against the officer reflect the severity of the situation.
As the community mourns the loss of Clare Nowland, there is a growing demand for justice and accountability. The incident has sparked a public outcry and further scrutiny into police procedures and protocols, with calls for improved training and stricter guidelines for the use of force, especially in situations involving vulnerable individuals.
The case of Clare Nowland highlights the importance of safeguarding the well-being of the elderly and ensuring their protection in care facilities. It also emphasizes the need for transparency and accountability in law enforcement practices, as well as the support and empathy necessary for individuals battling dementia and other cognitive impairments.