Iowa Football Player Mistaken for Robber During 'Pokemon Go' Game in Park
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:23:57 -0400
Police released bodycam footage showing an encounter last week between a black University of Iowa football player and officers who were looking for a robbery suspect.
The video was released Tuesday and shows defensive end Faith Ekakitie being stopped and searched by police in Benton Hill Park on July 20. Police said Ekakitie had matched the description of a suspect involved in an armed robbery just 10 minutes earlier.
The incident was first described by Ekakitie in a Facebook post the same day of the encounter. Ekakitie said it was "the first time that I've ever truly feared for my life," but added that the police handled the situation "very professionally" once they realized that he was not the suspect.
At the beginning of the nearly seven-minute-long video, an officer can be heard telling Ekakitie to put his hands up while they approached him. The same officer could also be heard saying "It's probably not you, but we've got to double check."
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