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NSW Premier Chris Minns said he was confident the incident involving Ms Nowland had been taken "very seriously from the beginning". Picture: NCA NewsWire/Simon Bullard.

NSW Premier backs police amid backlash over fatal tasering incident

NSW Premier Chris Minns has backed the state police following the release of crucial details about the fatal tasering incident that occurred in an aged care home in May.

New documents released this week reveal that the first press release sent more than 12 hours after the critical incident did not mention that a taser was used.

Clare Nowland, 95, died in hospital days after senior constable Kristian White allegedly tasered her in a Cooma aged care home on May 17.

Police officers were called to Yallambee Lodge at around 4:15 am on a Wednesdsay after staff reportedly found resident Ms Nowland with a knife.

Ns Nowland was tasered after police failed to disarm her, fell to the ground, and struck her head.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, crucial details had been removed from a police statement about the incident involving Ms Nowland.

Details regarding Ms Nowland having a knife and police deploying a taser were redacted from a statement after being sent to NSW Police's Executive Director of Public Affairs, Elizabeth Deegan. 

But Premier Chris Minns said he stood by the NSW police force and Police Minister Yasmin Catley, saying he was confident the "troubling incident" was taken "very seriously from the beginning".

"There was a critical incident report immediately, and eventually, NSW Police charged a serving NSW police officer with very serious crimes," he said.

"So, the context of the suggestions around a cover-up need to be seen in the full context of the inquiry."

It took two days before a second release detailed that a senior constable had "discharged a taser".

It has since been revealed that the taser was included in a press release draft but was later removed, according to freedom of information documents obtained by the Australian Associated Press.

On Wednesday, the opposition police spokesman Paul Toole urged the Premier "consider the position" of Ms Catley over her handling of the incident.

When asked if she was aware of the draft release in Question Time on Wednesday, Ms Catley said she was unaware.

"Mr Speaker, it was the first I heard about the information," Ms Catley said.

"(I would) like to make it very clear that it was the first I'd heard of an earlier, more detailed draft".

The Premier said there was "no evidence that anything was withheld from the NSW public" and that he was satisfied with Police Commissioner's reasons for omitting the information.

"It was mainly to do with notifying Ms Nowland's extended family so they didn't find out about her death from the media," Minns said.

"I think that that's justifiable under the circumstances."

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission has overseen the investigation run by Homicide Squad detectives.

Mr White will face court next month after he was charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

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