Clare Nowland: Officer who tasered 95-year old woman suspended

The police officer who Tasered a 95-year-old woman at an Australian care home, critically injuring her, has been suspended.

New South Wales (NSW) Police said the 33-year-old senior constable was stood down with pay.

An investigation into the incident continues, as Clare Nowland receives “end of life care” in hospital.

Amid public outcry, critics have called the response by police and care home staff disproportionate.

Police say they were called to the care home in Cooma, about 114km (71 miles) south of Canberra, around 4:00 on Wednesday after reports Ms Nowland was “armed” with a steak knife.

The officer discharged his weapon when Ms Nowland – who has dementia – began approaching “at a slow pace”.

“She had a walking frame. But she had a knife,” Assistant Police Commissioner Peter Cotter told media on Friday.

Ms Nowland is believed to have suffered a fractured skull and a serious brain bleed after falling and hitting her head during the incident.

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