This incident is a lesson for everyone who holds the authority to use it wisely and only for a positive reason. Independence police officer Timothy Runnels has received a four year jail sentence last week, following a taser incident which left 17 year old Bryce Masters in a coma.
The courts found that Officer Runnels violated Mr Master’s civil rights. He deployed a taser on the teen when a threat was not present. The electrical stream remained deployed for a full 20 seconds, despite the 5 second standard time officers are trained to use.
After the teen lost consciousness, the officer then dragged him to the side and dropped him face first onto the ground. Masters suffered from immediate cardiac arrest and fell into a coma soon after. He now suffers from brain damage.