Iowa to pay $225,000 to settle lawsuit over trooper’s force

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Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 4:45 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa will pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured when a state trooper knocked him over and put his knee on his neck during a 2017 traffic stop.

The payment to Bryce Yakish ends a lawsuit he filed against the state and former Iowa State Patrol trooper Robert Smith in 2019 after a sheriff released startling dash camera video of the arrest. The lawsuit alleged that Smith assaulted and falsely arrested Yakish, then lied about what happened.

The case prompted scrutiny into other allegations of misconduct against Smith.

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