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Officer charged with stunning elderly man

April 28, 2011 at 1:44 AM   |   Comments

CALGARY, Alberta, April 28 (UPI) -- A Canadian police officer said Wednesday he used a stun gun on a 76-year-old man stopped for a seatbelt violation because the driver was resisting arrest.

Constable Daryn Swanson, a police officer in Calgary, is on trial for assaulting Aitchley Ferguson in April 2009, the Calgary Herald reported. Swenson faces one count of assault with an offensive weapon and one of assault with bodily harm.

Swanson testified Ferguson refused to comply with his orders and kept getting out of his car. When he tried to handcuff him, he said Ferguson became violent.

"He had a handcuff on one wrist and one on his fingers, like a brass knuckle," Swanson said. "I was told in training they can use it as a weapon, as brass knuckles. I was getting really scared. I remember my eyes were popping, almost huge, and I had to get control of him. I was exhausted."

Ferguson testified Tuesday he thought Swanson was going to kill him. He said the police officer would not explain to him why he was being arrested.

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