KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri police officer has pleaded guilty to violating the constitutional rights of a minor by deliberately dropping the restrained teenager face-first onto the ground.
Federal prosecutors in Kansas City on Friday announced that former Independence officer Timothy Runnels admitted his role in a Sept. 14, 2014, confrontation with 17-year-old Bryce Masters.
Prosecutors say Runnels used a stun gun on Masters during a traffic stop even though the youth was not a threat. Masters went into cardiac arrest and was placed in a medically induced coma and treated for lack of oxygen to the brain.
He was released from the hospital a week later.
Runnels was indicted in March on four federal charges accusing him of using excessive force and hindering the police department’s investigation of the incident.
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