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Rally seeks more police accountability

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About two dozen people attended a rally at the Plaza to say police need to be more accountable for their actions.

This comes exactly a week after Bryce Masters, 17, was pulled over by an Independence police officer who says Masters refused to cooperate and get out of the car. Officer Tim Runnels would wind up using his stun gun on Masters and the stun gun's probes hit near his heart, causing him to go into full cardiac arrest. The teen suffered brain damage, his family says.

Toni Bones, who helped organize the protest, and others used strong words to describe officers, comparing them to gangs and criminals.

"It's not to be degrading or demeaning, but it's to get people out of a mindset that some people have more rights than we do," said Bones, who graduated from Truman High School where Masters was a student. "When you create an objective record, you're not only holding the police accountable you're holding yourself accountable."

Protestors are upset that Masters' situation happened just a few weeks after Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

While Bones and others at the rally are quite upset with officers, Bones said there are more good cops than bad ones.

"I'm not anti-cop. I just want to hold people accountable for their actions. It's not OK to kidnap and cage peaceful people," Bones said.

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