Taxpayers will have to shell out $6 million in damages to a teenager who was nearly killed by a police officer during a routine traffic stop in Independence, Missouri, in 2014.
Bryce Masters was 17 years old when he went into cardiac arrest after being tased repeatedly by former Officer Timothy Runnels, notes WDAF.
Runnels then dragged Masters, and dropped his face-down on the pavement.
Masters filed a federal lawsuit in 2017 against the city, Runnels and TASER International.
The lawsuit said Masters’ heart had stopped for more than seven minutes by the time an ambulance arrived. No one attempted to resuscitae Masters who was finally revived by a heart defibrillator.
Prosecutors said Runnels “continuously” shocked Masters with his Taser while Masters was on the ground and un-threatening, then submitted a misleading police report.
Runnels, who claimed he never meant to hurt Masters, was sentenced in June 2016 to four years in federal prison.
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