SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man is speaking out, sharing his story of the night Springfield officer Ryan Stone stopped his car in 2018, an incident described in a recently filed lawsuit.
Arzinia Richardson -- business owner, former professor of borosilicate art and musician -- said that he and his close friend Jubal Chaplin drove to a local Walmart one night in February 2018 to buy snacks for the big game.
The car was pulled over and Richardson was asked to step out of the car. He was then told that he had a warrant out for his arrest.
"There were four squad cars that pulled up,” Richardson said. “At that point, I had asked for a senior officer because I feared for my life.”
Richardson said he was in disbelief and knew that he did not have any warrants, but he obeyed the officer’s orders.
"He places me in the back of the police car,” Richardson said. “At this point, I'm thinking it's some kind of mistake. Things happen. I've never heard of a false warrant, but things happen."
Richardson describes being driven in the officer’s car and overhearing that there was a mistake and that the warrant police had claimed was no longer valid.
He said that they pulled into the police station, he was taken out of his handcuffs and then was told that he could leave.
“I’ve been stripped of my morality as a community member,” Richardson said. “I don’t have the same rights as another community member.”
Richardson’s attorney, Brian Michaels, has filed a lawsuit on his behalf.