The Guardian: NSW police allegedly Taser 95-year-old woman with dementia, leaving her with fractured skull

A 95-year-old woman with dementia is in hospital with a suspected fractured skull and “brain bleed” after she was allegedly Tasered by police at Cooma’s Yallambee Lodge.

The woman was claimed to have been tasered in the early hours on Wednesday morning after she was found wandering the aged care facility with a knife in her hand. 

“The family are grieving because they don’t expect their nan to make it through the the day, or tomorrow at the latest,” Andrew Thaler, independent candidate for Eden-Monaro said.

Josh Pallas, president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, called on police to cease deploying Tasers on vulnerable people following the incident.

“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,” Pallas said. 

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