Robert Smith - Iowa Officer

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Service Record

Iowa State Patrol

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired approximately 1988.[1] Ended in 2018.[2]
Salary $96,107 (2017)[3]
Last Known Status Retired[2]

Durant Iowa Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended July 22, 2019[4]
Last Known Status Resigned[2]

Incident Reports

2017 Arrest of Bryce Yakish

Video shows Iowa trooper striking motorcyclist during stop

On September 25, 2017, Smith pulled Yakish over for speeding on a motorcycle. After Yakish stopped, Smith approached Yakish with his gun drawn and struck Yakish, knocking him backward. Smith put his knee on Yakish's neck while handcuffing him.[2]

Yakish was charged with eluding law enforcement.[2]

The incident was captured on dash-cam video, which was released in 2019.[2][5]

Response Timeline

In 2018, Smith resigned from the Iowa State Patrol.[2]

In 2019, the Cedar County Iowa Sheriff declared that Smith could not book any suspects into jail due to a lack of faith in his credibility.[2]

In July 2019, Smith was placed on administrative leave by the Durant Iowa Police Department.[4]

On July 22, 2019, Smith resigned from the Durant Iowa Police Department.[4]

On July 30, 2019, the Cedar County attorney's office announced that charges in other cases would be dropped where Smith was the state's main witness.[6]

In 2019, Yakish filed a lawsuit against the state and Smith, accusing him of violating his rights.[2]

The charges against Yakish were dropped.[2]

On April 5, 2021, Yakish's civil lawsuit was settled for $225,000.[7]

In November 2021, Smith was indicted on a charge of violating Yakish's civil rights.[2] As Yakish was injured, Smith could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.[1]

On July 22, 2022, a mistrial was declared after the jury reported that they could not reach a unanimous verdict.[8]

On September 26, 2022, Smith pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law. Smith faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.[2]

On March 7, 2023, Smith was sentenced to two years of probation.[9]

2018 Excessive Force

In August 2018, Smith took a woman to the ground during an arrest.[4]

The incident was captured on video, which has not been released.[4]

Response Timeline

In July 2019, the woman filed a lawsuit against Smith.[4]

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