Police use stun gun on 87-year-old grandmother cutting flowers with knife


Officers in Georgia arrested an 87-year-old woman and hit her with a stun gun over the weekend.

A Boys and Girls Club employee called 9-1-1 after the elderly woman walked over to the property with a knife in her hand.

The woman does not speak English and police say she refused commands to drop the knife.

Her family says she uses the knife to pick dandelions around her house.

“Obviously my grandma did not look violent,” the woman’s granddaughter, Martha Douhne, told WTVC. “And I think with the three, four officers that were here, I think they could’ve controlled her in other ways.”

According to the police report, Martha Al-Bishara would not put down a steak knife — despite the many commands and even a demonstration.

“At one point in time, I actually removed a knife from my pocket and show her ‘knife’ and throw it down — threw my knife down on the ground, trying to make her understand what we wanted her to do,” according to Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge.

The grandmother is awaiting a court hearing next month. Her family said she had minor injuries from the stun gun.



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