The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday.
The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police officer Tim Runnels overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of Bryce Masters when he pulled over the 17-year-old and used a stun gun on him on Sunday in Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb.
The incident comes five weeks after a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, sparking racial unrest and highlighting concern about the use of force by police.
Runnels used a stun gun on Masters after he did not cooperate when his vehicle was stopped, Paul Thurman, an Independence Police Department spokesman, said during a news conference on Monday. Read it here: http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/fbi-probes-traffic-stop-that-left-missouri-teen-in-critical-condition