Police chiefs FINALLY apologize for tasing an 80-year-old white ex-ballet dancer who was mistaken for a black suspect in his thirties
- Roy Morton was awakened on December 28 by officers armed with machine guns at his home in Cricklewood, north-west London.
- They smashed his front door, tasered him, pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him after they allegedly changed his address.
- Chief Supt Philip Ryan, of Scotland Yard’s specialist firearms command: ‘I am deeply sorry that this terrible mistake has occurred and I offer my sincere apologies to Mr Morton’
An 80-year-old white ex-ballet dancer who was mistaken for a black suspect in his thirties and tasered in his kitchen has finally received a public apology from police chiefs.
Roy Morton was woken on December 28 by officers armed with machine guns who broke into his front door, gave him a taser, pinned him to the floor and handcuffed him after he allegedly mixed up his address.
Chief Superintendent Philip Ryan, of Scotland Yard’s firearms specialist, said: ‘I am deeply sorry that this terrible mistake has occurred and I offer my sincere apologies to Mr Morton.’
Roy Morton (pictured) – who suffers from a heart condition – was awakened on December 28 by submachine gun officers who broke into his front door, gave him a taser, pinned him to the floor and handcuffed him after he allegedly gave his address. had met
He said a team is investigating what happened, but Mr Morton, from Cricklewood, in north-west London, said the apology was superficial and he is “still very shocked”.
He said, ‘I’m not going out. I’ll just stay inside with the curtains closed now.
“I feel like an old man for the first time in my life.”
Describing the moment when armed officers burst into his kitchen at seven in the morning, Morton told the Daily Mail earlier this month: “I stood there in my pajamas on the tile floor, desperately wondering what the hell was going on.
“At least four police officers in full gear with machine guns shone blindingly bright flares in my face, all yelling and yelling something unintelligible at me. They gave me no instructions, nothing.
The 80-year-old white ex-ballet dancer, who was mistaken for a black suspect in his thirties, has finally received a public apology from police chiefs. Pictured: Mr Morton on tour in Barcelona
“Suddenly one of them fired this taser at me and the electricity started to zap. It hit me in the stomach and the top of my leg and I fell to the kitchen floor, helpless.
“Then they jumped on me, knelt on my back to pin me to the tile floor, twisted my arms behind my back and handcuffed me and told me I had been arrested for a brawl.”
He described his “state of shock and confusion” and said officers then saw him get dressed and look at the toilet before taking him.
Morton – who received a pacemaker 25 years ago for a condition called heart block – said he was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in north London after the arrest to have the device examined.
He was later transferred to Colindale Police Station in a ‘dirty’ police van where he was told of the mix-up.