Police tase 87-year-old grandmother who used knife to cut dandelions
An 87-year old woman tazed by police when she wouldn’t drop a knife waved at us as she’s recovering at home. At 4, what her family is saying about the incident.
Police tased this 87yr old woman when she didn’t drop a knife she was using to cut dandelions from a neighbor’s property. Her family gave us this photo. At 4, what they hope police learn from this incident.
“She thought she got shot.” Family members react to police tasing their 87yr old grandmother when she didn’t put down a knife she was using to cut dandelions. At 6, hear the 911 call that brought police to the scene.
Who really is the woman behind the mug shot? Family members say she’s the Al-Bishara family matriarch, a wife of 71 years and an American citizen for nearly 20 years. Watch the full story on her background here.
North Carolina Chief Defends TASER Deployment on 87-Year-Old Knife-Wielding Woman: Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge defends his officer’s deployment of a TASER on an 87-year-old woman because she refused to comply with commands to…
This happened in Chatsworth. So messed up, beginning with whoever called the police. Who sees an old lady cutting down vegetation and thinks there’s something dangerous about that? Who would ever use a taser on an 87-year-old person?
Something is terribly wrong with police training. “Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge said the officer had little choice but to use a Taser on al-Bishara when she failed to obey numerous orders to put down the knife as the [87 year old] 5-foot-2 woman stepped toward him.”
This is what a militarized police force gets you. Georgia police taser 87-year-old grandmother: Martha Al-Bishara was using a small knife to cut flowers when confronted by police officers, and didn’t understand their commands due to limited English.
Family: “She’s old so she can’t get around too well.” Chief of Police: “An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer.” GA police held Martha Al-Bishara at gunpoint before tasing her:
“Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun.”