After the elderly woman approached officers and refused to put down the knife, according to the police, an officer shocked her with a stun gun. She was moving toward the police when she was tasered. But it is fair to say that it is moving slowly,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Cotter of the New South Wales Police said. “She was walking with a frame. She, however, possessed a knife.
The AP estimates that Rowland is 95 pounds and 5 feet, 2 inches tall. She was tasered, and when she hit the ground, her skull hit the floor. She sustained a shattered skull and is not expected to survive, according to Andrew Thaler, a family friend of the great-grandmother.
He claims that the community is furious and that the family is surprised and puzzled. Why is this happening? How would you explain this amount of power? This is ludicrous. According to the police, the involved cop has 12 years of service and has been removed from active duty.
Rowland is widely known in the neighbourhood, according to Thaler. She celebrated turning 80 in 2008 by making an appearance on television while skydiving above Canberra.
Rowland should have received “compassion and time,” according to Nicole Lee, head of the People with Disability Australia advocacy group, instead of being shocked. “She’s either one hell of an agile, fit, fast, and intimidating 95-year-old woman, or there’s a very poor lack of judgement on those police officers and there really needs to be some accountability on their side,” she claims.