Iowa trooper strikes motorcyclist during stop

An Iowa trooper pointed his gun at a motorcyclist and knocked him down for no apparent reason during a traffic stop, then falsely charged the man with eluding law enforcement, according to video.

The sheriff in eastern Iowa's Cedar County said the officer's behavior amounted to excessive force and misconduct, and it's among the reasons he recently announced he would no longer book any suspects the officer arrests.

Dashboard camera video shows then-Iowa State Patrol officer Robert Smith pulling over motorcyclist Bryce Yakish for speeding on Sept. 25, 2017. What appears to be a routine stop escalates immediately when Smith runs from his car with his gun drawn and strikes Yakish in his helmet's face shield. The force knocks the 150-pound Yakish backward and onto his bike, and both he and the vehicle fall to the ground. Yakish is then repeatedly heard complaining of neck pain.

The Cedar County attorney's office released the video in response to records requests, after initially claiming that it was confidential and could be withheld. The office has issued a disclosure known as a Giglio notice to suspects indicating that Smith, now an officer in the small town of Durant, may not be a credible witness due to prior inaccurate testimony.

Smith charged Yakish with eluding even though that requires a driver to be speeding 25 mph over the limit away from a police car that has turned on its lights and siren. Eluding is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

Cedar County Attorney Jeffrey Renander later downgraded the charge to reckless driving, saying it better fit the circumstances. Yakish paid a $250 fine.

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By: emmune1 (1255.60)

Tags: Davenport, IA, Durant, Deputy, Sheriff, Motorcycle, Trooper

Location: Davenport, IA, USA

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