A 95-year-old great-grandmother whom police allegedly tasered earlier in May died Wednesday in an Australian hospital, officials have stated. Clare Nowland passed away May 24, around a week after the incident with police that resulting in her being tasered in the back and chest, causing her to collapse and suffer a brain bleed.
The incident has sparked outrage throughout New South Wales, leading politicians to demand reforms in law enforcement procedures. "The refusal to release the bodycam footage protects NSW Police from public scrutiny for all the wrong reasons — the NSW community has a right to know exactly what happened when Clare Nowland was tasered so we can start to take the steps needed for change,” Sue Higginson, MLC stated.
Josh Pallas, president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, echoed Higginson’s plea, slamming what he viewed as an “overreach” by law enforcement officials. “Police overreach and disproportionality are common themes we see repeating over multiple incidents in NSW,” Pallas said “Surely, there must be more appropriate ways to deal with noncompliant people who are suffering.”
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