Qld woman blinded by police taser

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'They were really forceful with her, even after they tasered her.'

Queensland woman Sheila Oakley has been left blind in one eye after being tasered by police outside her home on February 6.

Oakley underwent surgery after the metal barb from the Taser hit her in her left eye, the Guardian reported on February 7.

A senior constable, who is reported to be a qualified Taser instructor, fired the Taser.

Police said the woman was holding a table leg when they arrived at her home.

Spokesperson for the family Abraham Saylor said: “She’s a single lady, in her house by herself, when people come to her house naturally she’s going to be alarmed. Four police officers come to the door, she comes out and they tell her to drop the weapon. She puts it down and all of a sudden she’s tasered in the eye. It happened that quick.”

NITV spoke to witnesses who said there was no warning before the taser was fired and police were heavy handed.

The witnesses, who did not want to be identified, said: “They were really forceful with her, even after they tasered her. You could clearly see she wasn’t aggressive after that … four [police officers] dragged her out and threw her onto the bed and strapped her down almost like a straightjacket so she couldn’t move.”

Queensland police have said they will investigate the incident. But her family are calling for the police involved to be fired. Saylor said: “We want him stood down now and then we want him sacked.”

Aboriginal community leader Sam Watson told SBS news: "Local people are already talking about a mass community rally, and then marching on the Logan Police Station because this woman and her family are very highly regarded and very highly respected, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the community down there are just outraged, absolutely outraged.

"There's been tensions before between members of the Indigenous community and the police services but this is going to escalate matters and it was totally unnecessary."

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