EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Eugene's three-year-old police review board has for the first time taken on a case that could lead it to try to influence a disciplinary decision by Chief Robert Lenher.
The board has decided to investigate a charge that a Eugene officer unjustly used a stun gun on an 18-year-old University of Oregon student Ian Van Ornum in a downtown demonstration May 30.
Eugene police arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. One officer, not identified publicly, shocked Van Ornum with a Taser stun gun. Eyewitnesses claim Van Ornum was shocked three times.
Van Ornum and about a dozen others complained about excessive force. The designation gives the board a recommendation.
The board could also compel police to reopen the investigation if it deems the probe incomplete.(Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)