Eugene police review board tests its strength

Eugene police review board tests its strength

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.

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