A 95-year-old Australian woman who was mocked by an officer at her nursing home has died a week after the incident. A woman suffering from amnesia was seriously injured during a raid last week. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, she was carrying a knife which she did not want to give up.
According to New South Wales Police, he died on Wednesday evening “surrounded by family and loved ones”. It was earlier reported that the suspended officer is being prosecuted for causing grievous bodily harm and assault. The woman lived in a care home in Cooma, about 114 kilometers south of Australia’s capital, Canberra.
The incident on May 17 shocked Australia. Unsure of what to do with the woman, care home staff called the police. She’d been hanging around for hours and brought a serrated steak knife from the kitchen. Two officers approached, one of whom fired his Taser.
Police Commissioner Peter Cotter said, “Once he was taunted, he approached the police. “You could say: with limited speed. She walked with a walker, but she had a knife.” According to Cotter, the officer who used his Taser was not fired. However, it is assumed that the investigation will eventually reveal that a criminal offense has been committed.
Nicole Lee of Disability Australia told ABC News she was shocked by the incident. “She is a very active, fit, fast and intimidating 95-year-old woman, or this is a gross misjudgment by the authorities involved, who should really be held accountable.” He said the police often misbehave. For people with misunderstood behaviour, for example due to psychological problems or (as in this case) dementia.
Police say it is ‘with great sadness’ that the woman died on Wednesday. “Ms. Nowland passed away peacefully at the hospital this evening at 7 p.m. Family and loved ones request privacy during this sad and difficult time,” the statement said.
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