Documents detail Springfield officer's alleged misconduct, excessive force

Police say the allegations call into question Stone's credibility as a witness and raise concerns over alleged misconduct and excessive force.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2018 7:10 PM
Updated: Nov. 1, 2018 10:11 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- In documents that detail two internal investigations by Springfield police into Officer Ryan Stone, police call into question Stone's credibility as a witness and raise concerns over alleged misconduct and excessive force.

Stone has been on administrative leave from the Springfield Police Department since April.

KEZI 9 News obtained the documents from a third party, which were sent to local attorneys by the Springfield Prosecutor's Office.

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Jesse Lohrke, an attorney in Springfield, praised Springfield police for making these documents public.

"One fear you always have is that it does not make it out to the public 'cause it's really important for everyone to know," Lohrke said.

The first investigation happened after a traffic stop in February and was first reported in a citizen's complaint.

According to the documents, Stone stopped a driver for not signaling and for weaving in his lane. Stone told investigators the driver appeared hostile and angry and did not cooperate with commands. Stone ordered the driver out of the car and eventually handcuffed him.

After reviewing dash cam video and audio, investigators with Springfield police concluded that Stone lied about the incident and the driver did not become aggressive until after he was taken out the car.

According to the documents, a second investigation was done when a sergeant raised concerns after Stone found a man jaywalking in April and arrested him for interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest. 

In that report, Stone told investigators the man did not provide identification and refused to sit down, making Stone worried the man was going to run off. The reports show Stone eventually threw the man to the ground and used a Taser on him.

After reviewing the audio and video evidence, investigators concluded that Stone provided false statements in his report, lacked probable cause to arrest the man and used excessive force.

According to the documents, when Police Chief Richard Lewis saw the video, he ordered the man be released from jail.

Like police, Lohrke said that these allegations raise questions into Stone's credibility as a witness.

"We need officers to be absolutely above board in telling the truth in what happened," Lohrke said. "This absolutely calls that into question."

Stone is now facing potential criminal charges. Linn County prosecutors are reviewing the case and could file charges in the next couple of weeks.

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