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A 95-year-old Australian woman died after police shocked her with a stun gun, prompting public outcry and calls for an investigation into what went wrong.
New South Wales police charged the officer responsible for Clare Nowland’s death with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault, the BBC reported.
The officer, a 33-year-old senior constable whom the Daily Telegraph Australia identified as Kristian White, will remain suspended from duty while the investigation continues and will face trial in early July. Reports remain unclear whether he was suspended with or without pay.
Police say Nowland suffered from dementia and was wandering around with a steak knife.
When the officers tried to talk to her, she walked “at a slow pace” toward the officers.
The senior constable eventually fired his stun gun at her.
“She had a walking frame, but she had a knife,” New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Cotter said after the incident.
“The family are shocked, they’re confused … and the community is outraged,” a family friend, said, according to the BBC.
The woman was reportedly only 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 95 pounds, leaving the community stunned about the need for such police action.
A 95-year-old Australian woman has died a week after a police officer shot her with a stun gun in a nursing home as she moved toward him using a walker and carrying a steak knife, in a tragedy that has outraged many Australians. https://t.co/5Lb2VVfrjO
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 24, 2023
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