SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Two men have filed a lawsuit against Springfield officer Ryan Stone, who has made headlines several times in the past few years regarding allegations of abuse.
The suit names Stone, other involved officers, and the city of Springfield.
Jubal Chaplin and Caleb Daniel Beechem filed this suit on Jan. 31.
Their attorney, Brian Michaels, said the city needs to be held accountable to keep Stone from doing this to anyone else.
“Obviously, something more has to be done. Obviously, there was a real problem, for exonerating him and putting him back on the streets caused more injuries for citizens of Springfield,” Michaels said.
The suit says Chaplin was a passenger in a car when Stone and another officer stopped it in February 2018. It says the driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Stone and Officer Julio Garcia-Cash approached Chaplin and told him to get out of the car. The suit says before Chaplin could get his second foot on the ground, the officers jumped him and took him down to the ground. It says they stomped on him, all while telling him to stop resisting.
In the other case, Caleb Beechem was the subject of a 911 call placed on July 23 of last year from a neighbor about his nonviolent but concerning behavior.
The neighbor told police she had a restraining order against Beechem but said he had mental health issues and never described him as violent.
The suit says Stone and Officer W. Harbert immediately grabbed him and began beating him. He became unconscious and then was tased.
Michaels said he wants Springfield to manage Stone and keep him from being violent.
“We're hoping that the city of Springfield would be able to finally do something about Stone and give him a desk job or whatever it is because he’s quite literally a very violent individual,” Michaels said.