Ex-police officer indicted in Kansas City-area stun gun case
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A former Missouri police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges accusing him of excessive force when he used his stun gun on a teenager last year.
Timothy Runnels was arraigned Friday in Kansas City on two counts a piece of deprivation of civil rights and of obstruction of justice in connection with the September traffic-stop encounter with 17-year-old Bryce Masters. Runnels was free on bond as of Friday night.
A federal indictment alleged the former officer in the Kansas City suburb of Independence "continuously" shocked Masters with his stun gun while the teen already was on the ground and not a threat, then dropped Masters face-first onto the ground while he was restrained, causing his heart to temporarily stop beating.
Runnels' attorney, J.R. Hobbs, declined to publicly discuss the charges on Friday.