Ex-police officer indicted in Kansas City-area stun gun case

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, March 27 2015 Mar 27, 2015 Friday, March 27, 2015 8:59:00 PM CDT March 27, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

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