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Police apologize for tasering 80-year-old white former ballet dancer mistaken for black suspect in her 30s

Police chiefs FINALLY apologize for tasering 80-year-old white former ballet dancer who was mistaken for black suspect in his 30s

  • Roy Morton was woken on December 28 by officers armed with machine guns at his home in Cricklewood, north-west London.
  • They broke down his front door, shocked him, pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him after allegedly mistaking his address.
  • Chief Superintendent Philip Ryan, Specialist Firearms Command, Scotland Yard: ‘I am deeply sorry this terrible mistake has happened and I apologize wholeheartedly to Mr Morton’

An 80-year-old white former ballet dancer mistaken for a black suspect in his 30s 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 submachine guns who broke down his front door, shocked him, pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him after allegedly mistaking his address.

Chief Superintendent Philip Ryan, of Scotland Yard’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “I am deeply sorry this terrible mistake has happened and I apologize wholeheartedly to Mr Morton.”

Roy Morton (pictured) – who has a heart condition – was woken up on December 28 by officers armed with submachine guns who broke down his front door, tasered him, pinned him to the ground and pulled him down handcuffed after allegedly mistaking his address

He said a team was investigating what happened, but Mr Morton, from Cricklewood, north-west London, said the apology was cursory and he was ‘still very shaken’.

He said, “I’m not going out. I’m just staying inside now with the curtains closed.

“I feel like an old man for the first time in my life.”

Describing the moment armed officers stormed into his kitchen at 7am, Mr Morton told the Daily Mail earlier this month: ‘I was wearing my pajamas just standing on the tiled floor wondering desperately what that was happening.

“At least four fully-dressed police carrying machine guns were shining dazzling flashlights on my face, all shouting and shouting something unintelligible at me. They gave me no instructions, nothing.

The 80-year-old former white ballet dancer, who was mistaken for a black suspect in his 30s, has finally received a public apology from police chiefs.  Pictured: Mr Morton on tour in Barcelona

The 80-year-old former white ballet dancer, who was mistaken for a black suspect in his 30s, 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 upper leg and I fell on the kitchen floor, powerless.

“Then they jumped on me, knelt on my back to pin me to the tiled floor, twisted my arms behind my back, handcuffed me and told me I was under arrest for a fight.”

Describing his “state of shock and confusion”, he said officers then watched him get dressed and go to the bathroom before taking him away.

Mr Morton – who was fitted with 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 body checked. ‘device.

He was then transferred to Colindale Police Station in a “dirty” police van where he was told of the mix-up.

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