SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- An embattled Springfield police officer is seeking $250,000 from the city in a lawsuit alleging they violated public employee whistleblowing laws, caused emotional distress and committed common-law negligence.
Officer Ryan Stone first made headlines in 2018 after he was put on paid leave following the arrest of a jaywalker that ended with Stone using a Taser on the suspect and throwing him to the ground.
City officials said Stone is still with the Springfield Police Department and they cannot comment on any active litigation.
In the lawsuit filed in Lane County, Stone alleges the Springfield Police Department has a long-standing practice of allowing misconduct by favored officers and silences those who attempt to challenge it. Stone claims the department focused its energy on ending officer Stone's career in law enforcement in retaliation, court documents state.
Court documents state in one case, Stone alleges he reported a number of senior officers were allowed to leave a mandatory training class early.
In another incident, court documents allege a lieutenant on the SWAT team engaged in unsafe tactics which jeopardized their safety and Stone criticized him.
Stone also alleges that he was given the nicknames of "Snitch," "Snowflake" and "Rattin-Ryan" by other officers at the department.
He claims that the Springfield Police Department's investigation into his behavior, which lead to him being put on leave, was biased.
The officer who wrote that report, Lieutenant Scott McKee, is on leave.
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