On Monday a federal judge in Missouri ordered the release of police dashcam footage showing an officer tasering a 17-year-old to the point that he went into cardiac arrest. Click above for the disturbing moment.
The incident happened in September of 2014 when former Independence, Missouri, police officer Timothy Runnels, 32, pulled over Bryce Masters, which an investigation determined was without cause.
In the video you see Runnels opening the driver's door telling Masters to get out. Masters repeatedly asks for cause and asks if he is being arrested but the officer refuses to answer. Runnels grabs Masters to yank him out of the car until finally saying, "Fu-k it" and shoots the teen in the chest with the taser. According to TheIntercept, "One pull on the trigger sent electricity shooting out for five seconds; Runnels had held it down the equivalent of four pulls."
That 23 seconds of high voltage sent Masters into full cardiac arrest and he was clinically dead for 8 minutes. The officer then picked up the teen and dragged him to the curb where he dropped him face first onto the ground busting up his face. Medics arrived and took Masters to the hospital where he was put into a coma which saved his life. He's suffered brain damage and memory loss because of the injuries sustained.
In court Runnels apologized to Masters’ family telling them that he was “deeply remorseful.”
“At no point did I intend to hurt him,” Runnels said. “But I did.”
Runnels pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Masters; on Wednesday he was sentenced to a term of four years in federal prison which he will begin in August. He will then be on supervised release for two years after he gets out.
"While we are pleased that Mr. Runnels was held accountable for his actions, no one really wins in this scenario," the Masters family said in a statement. "Two law enforcement families were devastated by these events and we all simply wish that day had never happened."
Tammy Dickinson, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said in a written statement. “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.”
Click below for Bryce Master's cell footage from inside his car...
Click below for the full 20 minutes of dashcam footage from the officer's patrol car...
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