The police officer who shocked the elderly woman was charged with involuntary manslaughter

The police officer who shocked the elderly woman was charged with involuntary manslaughter

Australian Police on Wednesday charged with involuntary manslaughter the officer who electrocuted a 95-year-old woman in May while she was carrying a knife inside a nursing home and died a few days later from injuries caused by attack. . incident.

The New South Wales State Police, where the event took place, today presented a new case and accused the police officer Kristian White, 33, of ‘involuntary manslaughter’.

In May the agent, who had 12 years of experience and who was suspended, was charged with three other crimes: serious injury due to reckless endangerment, assault with actual injury and common assault.

“This additional charge comes after the death of Clare Nowland, 95 years old,” the statement stated, indicating that the officer was due to appear on December 6 before the court in the town of Cooma, about 430 kilometers southwest in Sydney. of this last accusation.

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The incident happened on May 17 when the police and a colleague went to the Yallambee nursing home in Cooma after a call that the elderly woman, named Clare Nowland and who suffers from senile dementia, was ‘armed’ with a knife.

When the woman refused to let go of the knife and ‘slowly’ approached the officers on her walker, the officer shot her with his taser gun in the chest and back, causing the grandmother who weighs 43 kilos and 1, 57 centimeters long. fell and hit his head.

After the event, which shocked the country, the old woman was admitted to a hospital with a fractured skull, where she died on May 23.

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This case once again highlights the controversial use of tasers by Australian police, which has been questioned by rights-guarantee organizations such as Amnesty International.

In 2012, Brazilian student Roberto Curti lost his life in Sydney after receiving 14 electric shocks from the police, in an incident in which the country’s court found four officers guilty of 2014 due to the excessive use of force that led to the death of Curti, who suffered a psychotic episode after ingesting a psychotropic substance.