Prosecutor: Springfield officer won't be charged

Officer Ryan Stone will not be charged for using a Taser on a jaywalker in April.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2018 5:26 PM
Updated: Jan. 7, 2019 12:55 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield patrol officer will not be charged for using a Taser on a jaywalker and throwing him to the ground.

Officer Ryan Stone was under investigation for the April 7 incident after an internal review indicated he may have used excessive force and then lied about the incident.

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Because Stone is a Lane County police officer, the case was reviewed by a special prosecutor in Linn County.

The prosecutor, Richard Wijers, said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Stone acted with a "criminally culpable mental state."

Wijers also said the pedestrian, Austin Stewart, did not suffer a physical injury as a result of the incident.

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