NSW police officer who Tasered 95-year-old dementia patient suspended from duty with pay

The police officer who Tasered 95-year-old Claire Nowland at an aged care facility in Cooma last week has been suspended from duty with pay, according to New South Wales police.

Nowland, who has dementia, is in end-of-life care at Cooma district hospital after the incident caused her to fall and sustain life-threatening head injuries.

Police say Nowland was armed with a steak knife at the time of the incident.

Police confirmed the suspension of the officer on Tuesday morning but could not say how long the senior constable, who had 12 years of experience, will be suspended.

It comes as calls grow for a broader independent investigation of the incident, as well as police treatment of dementia sufferers.

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) will be overseeing the investigation into the Cooma incident.

But Greens MP and spokesperson for justice, Sue Higginson, said she was concerned about the LECC’s ability to properly oversee the case given a report tabled by the commission on…

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This article was written by Jordyn Beazley and originally published on www.theguardian.com