SYDNEY (Reuters) – An inside investigation was underway over an Australian police officer who tasered a 95-year-old grandmother, leaving her in a important situation, and it was too early to say whether or not expenses can be laid, New South Wales police chief stated on Saturday.
Clare Nowland stays in hospital after being tasered by police on the Yallambee aged care house in Cooma, about 300 km (186 miles) southwest of Sydney, on Wednesday.
Police have stated Nowland, who suffers from dementia, had wandered the power for a number of hours and brought a steak knife from the kitchen.
The incident has sparked public uproar in Australia and requires a evaluation of police use of tasers on weak individuals.
Addressing media in Sydney, Webb stated police had not determined if the officer accountable can be charged over the tasering.
“It is too early to take a position, we’ll take care of these issues as they grow to be recognized to us,” NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb stated, talking publicly for the primary time for the reason that incident.
Requested if the officer had been stood down from energetic obligation, Webb stated: “he is not within the office however I can not articulate the explanations that he is not within the office”.
The police commissioner stated she had not seen physique digital camera footage of the encounter and reiterated that police didn’t intend to launch it to the general public.
Police say officers spoke with Nowland for a number of minutes however when she didn’t drop the knife and approached them, one fired a taser, knocking her to the bottom.
Webb stated Nowland, a fantastic grandmother and eager golfer, was presently in a secure situation in hospital.
“The subsequent few days might be important and it is more likely to be very troublesome for the household,” she stated.