Iowa Football Player Mistaken for Bank Robber, Was Playing Pokèmon GO
Body cam footage of the incident released...
ABC NEWS - 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 in Iowa City 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.
That was Faith Ekakitie, a defensive linemen for the Iowa football team, just trying to get a little Pokèmon GO in before practice. Turns out there was a bank robbery 3 blocks away and he fit the description almost perfectly.
Now I know the body cam video is not that entertaining but it helps exemplify the way that these encounters should go. Nowadays, it isn't easy being a cop, and it isn't easy being a black guy in America. Like it or not, those are just facts. 10 years ago, this is just local news. Today, it is national news due to the violence brought out in recent weeks against law enforcement.
This is what police officers are there for, to keep communities safe, and to protect the common individual. Faith was extremely cooperative, and the cops were in and out with him in just over 5 minutes once they knew it wasn't him. The officer even says as they approach, "it's probably not you, I just need you to have your hands up." A couple minutes go by and Faith can continue to be the best like no one ever was. Nice and easy, the way it should be.