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Pulled the kid over because he thought the car was stolen...it wasn't
Former Independence police officer sentenced to 4 years for tasing arrest that put teen in coma
POSTED 10:46 AM, JUNE 1, 2016
Video taken of Runnels arresting Masters.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Former Independence, Mo., police officer Timothy Runnels was sentenced Wednesday to 4 years in prison for violating the constitutional rights of a minor who was in his custody.
The minor, Bryce Masters, was 17-years-old when he was taken to the hospital in critical condition after Runnels used his taser on Masters. Runnels said Masters wouldn’t cooperate and that drug paraphernalia was found in Masters’ car. Runnels stated he ordered Masters to get out of his car several times, but he refused during his arrest in September 2014.
Search warrants shed light on taser incident that hospitalized Bryce Masters
Masters’ family asked the Justice Department to get involved to see his Masters’ civil rights were violated.
As part of his guilty plea, Runnels admitted that he deprived the minor of his civil rights by deliberately dropping the minor face first onto the ground while the minor was restrained and not posing a threat to Runnels or others. According to the court filings, Runnels also admitted that his actions resulted in bodily injury to the minor.
During a sentencing hearing the government provided evidence that Runnels deployed his Taser into the minor’s chest during a traffic stop and then caused the electric current to run for approximately 20 seconds, four times longer than officers are trained to deploy a Taser.
The tasing caused Masters to go into cardiac arrest and became unresponsive. Dash camera video of the incident depicts Runnels handcuffing the minor after the Taser deployment and then picking him up. The video and other evidence presented at the sentencing demonstrates that Runnels then deliberately dropped the handcuffed victim face-first into the pavement. Although the minor suffered cardiac arrest and facial injuries, he survived the incident due to timely medical treatment by medical personnel at the scene and at the hospital.
In addition to the four-year sentence, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dean Whipple of the Western District of Missouri, ordered the sentence to be followed by two years of supervised release.
“This former police officer was trained and entrusted to enforce the law impartially,” said U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson. “His use of excessive force violated both the public’s trust and his oath to uphold the law. Police officers are not above the law and will be held accountable when they violate the civil rights of the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.”
“The defendant abused his authority as a law enforcement officer by depriving a minor of his constitutional rights and causing bodily harm,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “While the majority of law enforcement safeguards our communities with fidelity, the department will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute officers who violate their oath by using excessive force.”
The following is a statement from Masters’ family:
We would like to thank the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Attorney’s office, specifically David Ketchmark, for the hard work, passion and dedication put forth on our son’s case. We would like to thank our attorneys, especially Dan Haus, for supporting us from the beginning and advising us during an impossible time for our family. The fact that Bryce lived through this horrible incident is only because of the tremendous efforts of paramedics with American Medical Response and the outstanding staff at Centerpoint Medical Center.
The past twenty months have been emotionally and physically exhausting. We hope that today’s sentence will allow Bryce to begin to focus on his future. Aside from dealing with a traumatic brain injury, Bryce has battled the perception that he is somehow responsible for the crime committed against him. Bryce’s only mistake in this situation was following his parents’ advice to ask questions, particularly to ask “why” if stopped by law enforcement. While we are pleased that Mr. Runnels was held accountable for his actions, no one really wins in this scenario. Two law enforcement families were devastated by these events and we all simply wish that day had never happened.
We would also like to thank all of our family and friends who have stood behind us and supported Bryce.
We will have no further comment at this time.
Good. The last thing any city needs is heavy handed bullies who wear a badge. Most cops are OK, but this clown definitely crossed the line.
I didn't see a beating
Will Shaun King write about this?
Kid was a prick himself, just follow the simple orders, cop will check it'll be cleared up, on your way home.
You didn't see the cop drop his face on the concrete?
Yeesh. I guess the cop forgot about the dash cam. That was way over the line.
On the other hand, that kid has maybe the most puncheable face I've ever seen. Little prick.
Hard to argue with this.
Terrible But some times its smart to do as the cop says.
Cop was in the wrong . But why are parents telling their kids to ask questions to the cop that stops you? How about , do what the cop says and don't cause any problems so you get out of there...with your drug paraphernalia .
That fucking Emo sounded like Poindexter when the robot cornered him.
Although Bryce should be tased daily, fuck that dickhead cop
That cop was using very strong language IMO.
you are not allowed to find out what you are being stopped for?
At first I thought the officer was well within his rights, but then dropping the kid face down on the concrete after he was tazed (4) times longer than they were trained, is really an abuse of police power. Both parties here were wronged, but the cop really hurt this kid. If the kid just cooperated in the first place this would never have happened! That argument does not sit well in testimony before a court after the kid was brutally tazed causing a heart attack and then dropped on his face!
Shaun King is white pretending to be black
Yes...but there's a line between that...and being a new millennial prick that wants to "express his rights" at a traffic stop , minor or no minor .