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UNITED STATES

Woman angry at Obama slur

An 80-year-old woman has been arrested after tearing down political signs showing an image of President Barack Obama with an Adolf Hitler-style moustache. Nancy Lack tells WVIT-TV she was offended and took down three posters that were hung last week near the post office in Hebron, Connecticut. Workers for frequent presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, who were putting up the signs, called police. Lack says she knew she would get in trouble, but said she lived through World War II and was angry that someone would portray the president as a Nazi. She was charged with larceny and breach of peace and released on a promise to appear in court next week.

UNITED KINGDOM

Cops in harsh wrongful arrest

British police apologized on Wednesday for using a stun gun to subdue a blind stroke victim they wrongly thought was carrying a samurai sword, a bizarre case of mistaken identity that left the man fearing for his life. Colin Farmer told British broadcasters that he thought he was going to die after he heard a commotion, felt electricity surge through his body and was knocked to the floor by an unknown assailant. The incident occurred in the town of Chorley, in northern England’s Lancashire County, last Friday. “This seemed to be going on forever ... I was convinced I was being murdered in plain sight,” the 61-year-old told Sky News television. “He [the officer] jumped on the small of my back with his knees ... wrenched my arms up my back and cuffed me so tightly I was in great pain.” Farmer told the BBC he was shouting: “I’m blind! I’m blind!” Lancashire Police Chief Stuart Williams said police brought the victim to a local hospital to be checked out after they realized the officer had used the weapon against the wrong man.

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