Imagine this happening to you?

A blind man carrying a white cane received a 50,000-volt Taser shock from British police who thought his walking stick was a samurai sword.

“It felt like I was grabbing an electricity pylon,” 61-year-old Colin Farmer told the BBC.

Lancashire police officer Stuart Williams said authorities had received several calls describing a man walking through the streets carrying a samurai sword.

“One of the officers who arrived in Chorley believed he had located the offender,” Williams said. “Despite asking the man to stop, he failed to do so and the officer discharged his Taser.”

However, even in offering an explanation, Williams said the police had “deep regrets” over the incident and says the Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into the matter.

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