Clare Nowland, 95, dies following police taser encounter in Cooma, Australia, care home

Debate ensues as low-impact police weaponry proves fatal in an unprecedented nursing home encounter in Australia.

A granny suffering from senile dementia lost her life after suffering the effects of an electric taser on her body after police confronted her with this weapon because the 95-year-old woman, who lived in a nursing home, was carrying a knife and, in her condition could be lethally dangerous.

The Australian Police reported her death through social networks. However, they did not specify the causes of her death. However, local media reported that it resulted from the electric shock to which she was exposed, as her body did not resist it, although this weapon is low impact.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of Clare Nowland, 95, this evening. Mrs. Nowland died peacefully in hospital,” the NSW Police said on its Facebook page.

The officer who attacked her with teaser suspended

According to the authorities, last Wednesday, May 17, the police went to the scene after receiving a call requesting support at the Yallambee old people’s home in Cooma, some 430 kilometers southwest of Sydney. Two officers, including the 12-year veteran officer who was not identified, and a colleague arrived on the scene.

While the taser does not cause death, it does have strong effects on the body.
While the taser does not cause death, it does have substantial effects on the body.

In the report, they mentioned that one of the house’s residents was “armed” with a knife, so they had to control her. This is how the officer attacked her with the taser, apparently without saying a word. Due to these facts, the police officer was suspended from his job.

He shot her in the chest.

According to local media reports, the elderly woman refused to drop the knife and approached the officers“slowly” on her walker. The officer shot her in the chest and back with his taser, causing the elderly woman, who weighs only 43 kilograms and is 1.57 centimeters tall, to fall and hit her head.

After the incident shocked the country, the elderly woman was admitted to hospital, and the authorities opened an investigation into the case amid a fierce debate that brings back to the table the use of tasers by the Australian police.

How does a taser work?

The device transmits a low-amperage electric shock by generating impulses of the same frequency and type as those in the brain. This causes involuntary muscle contraction, paralysis or stiffness in the legs and arms, dizziness, lightheadedness, and a tingling sensation, which causes the person to fall immediately to the ground without losing consciousness.

The taser is for police use only.
The taser is for police use only.