Police apologise for tasering white ex-ballet dancer, 80, mistaken for black suspect in his 30s

Police chiefs finally apologize for stunting an 80-year-old white ballerina who was confused with a black suspect in his 30s.

  • Roy Morton was woken on December 28 by officers armed with semi-automatic rifles at his home in Cricklewood, northwest London.
  • They smashed his front door, electrocuted him, hung him on the floor and handcuffed him after allegedly mixing up his address.
  • Supt Chief Philip Ryan, of Scotland Yard Specialized Firearms Command: “I am deeply sorry for this terrible mistake and I sincerely apologize to Mr Morton”










An 80-year-old white former ballerina has received a public apology from police chiefs, who mistakenly believed he was a black suspect in his 30s who was electrocuted in his kitchen.

Roy Morton was awakened on December 28 by officers armed with semi-automatic rifles, who smashed his front door, electrocuted him, hung him to the ground and handcuffed him after allegations of mixing up his address.

“I am deeply sorry for this terrible mistake and I apologize from the bottom of my heart to Mr Morton,” said Senior Superintendent Philip Ryan, of Scotland Yard’s Specialized Firearms Command.

Roy Morton (pictured) – who suffers from a heart condition – was awakened on December 28 by officers armed with semi-automatic rifles, who smashed his front door, electrocuted him, hung him to the floor and handcuffed him after allegedly mixing up his address

He said a team was investigating what happened, but Mr Morton, from Cricklewood, northwest London, said the apology was superficial and that it was “still very shaky”.

He said: I don’t go 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 his kitchen at 7am, Mr Morton told the Daily Mail earlier this month: “I was in my pajamas standing there on the tile floor wondering desperately what the hell is going on.

At least four fully-equipped policemen with their machine guns flashed bright, twinkling torches at me, all yelling and yelling something incomprehensible at me. They gave me no instructions, nothing.

The 80-year-old former ballerina, who was confused with a black suspect in his 30s, has received a public apology from police chiefs.  Pictured: Mr. Morton on tour in Barcelona

The 80-year-old former ballerina, who was confused with a black suspect in his 30s, has received a public apology from police chiefs. Pictured: Mr. Morton on tour in Barcelona

Suddenly someone fired this taser at me and the electricity started going off. She hit me in the stomach and upper leg and I fell on the kitchen floor helpless.

Then they jumped on top of me and knelt on my back to hold me on the tiled floor, wrapped my arms behind my back and handcuffed my hands and told me I was under arrest for the quarrel.

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

Morton – who had a pacemaker fitted 25 years ago for a condition called heart block – said he was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in north London after being arrested to have the device checked.

He was later taken to Colindale Police Station in a “dirty” police van where he was told to mix.

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