AAP: Grandmother tasered in nursing home police altercation

A 95-year-old great-grandmother is reportedly fighting for her life after being tasered by police when she was found with a knife in a NSW nursing home, AAP's Samantha Lock reports. 

According to media reports, Clare Nowland was standing next to her walking frame and holding a kitchen knife when aged care workers at the Yallambee Lodge called the police in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

During the altercation with the police, Ms Nowland had a taser fired at her back and chest, leading to her collapsing and sustaining critical injuries, reports say. 

In a statement by the NSW Police it was said that, "The 95-year-old woman was taken to Cooma District Hospital where her condition is being monitored."

NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Josh Pallas said police should not be using stun guns on vulnerable people who were experiencing dementia or a mental health crisis.

"Surely, there must be more appropriate ways to deal with non-compliant people who are suffering," he said.

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