Police in North Georgia tased an 87-year-old grandmother who ventured outside to cut flowers at a Boys and Girls Club.
Relatives say it’s not uncommon for Martha Al-Bishara to wander from home alone — and that’s what she did Friday afternoon in Chatsworth.
She crossed the street to the Boys and Girls Club, but an employee there called 911 after seeing Al-Bishara carrying a knife.
Three Chatsworth officers responded.
They say they tried to get her to put down the knife several times, but when she did not respond to their commands an officer tased her.
Her family says she doesn’t speak English and didn’t understand what was going on.
“She thought she got shot,” said her granddaughter, Martha Douhne. “We have never really told her about stun guns or tasers and so she doesn’t know what that is. When she kind of realized what happened she was kind of touching her heart and looking for blood.”
Relatives say Al-Bishara is recovering. She’s been charged with obstruction of an officer and criminal trespass.
Chatsworth Police released a statement calling it an “extremely unfortunate situation.”
They say when she began to walk toward the officer from an elevated position with a knife, the officer used the “most reasonable amount of force that he could at the time.”
“She’s always telling me ‘I’m sorry that I’ve caused all of this’ and I feel so bad,” said Martha. “But she’s been pretty depressed and it’s hard for her to look out at that area.”
Chatsworth is a city in Murray County, located about 15 miles south of the Georgia-Tennessee state line.