Iowa State Trooper can face year in prison for brutal arrest of a motorcyclist
An Iowa State trooper can face charges for using excessive force and may face years in prison after dashcam video of a brutal arrest.
Former Iowa Highway Patrol Officer Robert James Smith is accused of using excessive power over Bryce Yakish, a motorcyclist, whom he stopped in 2019.
The video shows Smith with his gun drawn approached Yakish whose hands were up, before bashing the motorcyclist over his bike, which falls and the officer then drags him to the ground, where he bashed the man's head into the concrete and then placed his knee on the man's neck.
According to the filing, Yakish did not have medical attention after the incident.
According to the complaint, Smith said that Yakish "resisted arrest" for a routine traffic stop. "Yakish lost his license because of the arrest, his motorcycle was impounded and he spent the night in jail," the report said. The state paid out $225,000 for the incident, The Gazette reported.
"Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington released the video in 2019 after announcing he would no longer book any suspects arrested by Trooper Smith at his jail because he could not vouch for the officer's credibility," said The Gazette. "Prosecutors also dismissed several cases brought by Smith, saying he was no longer a credible witness."