Woman, 95, Tasered by Cops Dies

Clare Nowland had dementia, was wandering around her nursing home with steak knife
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2023 11:40 AM CDT
Woman, 95, Tasered by Cops Dies
Clare Nowland reacts following her skydive in Canberra, Australia, April 6, 2008. Nowland, now 95, was in critical condition Friday, May 19, 2023, and has now died after police Tasered her as she approached them with a walking frame and a steak knife in an Australian nursing home.   (Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP)

The 95-year-old woman with dementia who was tasered by police at an Australian nursing home has died "surrounded by family and loved ones," reports the BBC, and the officer who tasered her is now facing assault charges. Clare Nowland was walking with a walker on May 17 "at a slow pace" and, per New South Wales Police, "armed" with a steak knife she apparently swiped from the kitchen when 33-year-old Constable Kristian White tased her as she continued to advance. She dropped to the floor and suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed. Nowland was 5-foot-2 and weighed 95lbs; the case has caused a stir in Australia about police overreaction.

Nowland had not been expected to survive the injury, and NSW police extended condolences to "those who were lucky enough to know, love, and be loved by Mrs Nowland during a life she led hallmarked by family, kindness and community." As the New York Times reports, White was charged hours before Nowland's death with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault. He's expected to appear in court in July. (More Taser stories.)

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