In October 2020, a 95-year-old Australian woman was tasered by police in her nursing home. The woman had reportedly become aggressive and refused to cooperate with police officers who were trying to take her into protective custody. In response, police officers reportedly used a Taser stun gun to subdue her.
The incident sparked outrage in the local community, with many questioning the necessity of using a stun gun on an elderly woman. The police department defended its actions, claiming that the officers had no other choice but to use the Taser in order to subdue the woman.
The incident is currently under investigation by the state government’s Ombudsman, and the police department has vowed to review its policies for dealing with elderly people in such situations. The incident has also sparked calls for better training for police officers in dealing with elderly people.