Tasered grandmother: Single word in NSW Police statement sparks uproar
A single word in the official police statement announcing Tasered’s grandmother’s death at age 95 causes a stir: ‘It’s better not to say anything’
A single word in the police statement announcing the death of Tasered grandmother Clare Nowland – “peacefully” – has sparked outrage on social media, as she died after being reportedly hit by a 50,000-volt Taser blast.
The NSW Police Force announced the death of Ms Nowland, 95, on Wednesday evening, a week after she was tasered, allegedly by Senior Constable Kristian White, at the demented person’s retirement home in Cooma, in the Snowy Mountains.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm tonight the passing of 95-year-old Clare Nowland in Cooma,” the official statement read on Facebook.
“Ms. Nowland passed away peacefully in hospital just after 7pm tonight, surrounded by family and loved ones who have asked for privacy at this sad and difficult time.
The official statement said Clare Nowland (above), 95, died ‘peacefully’ – after being tasered by a NSW police officer a week earlier
“Our thoughts and condolences remain with those who were fortunate enough to know, love and be loved by Ms. Nowland during a life she led marked by family, kindness and community.”
The statement’s familiar language has sparked an uproar on social media – something police appear to be trying to avoid by turning off comments on the post.
But it was the word “peaceful” that provoked the most anger.
After being shocked, Ms Nowland fell forward, hit her head and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, according to the police version of events. She then spent a week in end-of-life care before passing away.
“To describe this as ‘passed away peacefully’ is macabre,” campaigner Holly Creenaune tweeted.
“As a result of a violent taser by NSW Police, Ms Nowland ‘passed away peacefully surrounded by family’ according to NSW Police,” said Michele Colvin McKenzie.
“Nothing about this was ‘peaceful,'” said Dr Bianca Fileborn.
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A fourth Twitter user said, “Passed peacefully” (after being tasered by a NSW police officer and fracturing her skull when she fell)… but okay.
Another said, “If only you could have ended your long life peacefully. If only the police had learned how to deal with more situations more ‘peacefully’.
A sixth said: ‘There are times when it is better not to say anything and when your organization (involved then this is) is one of them.’
White has been charged with three felonies, including recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault with bodily harm and common assault.
It is believed that he will plead not guilty.