Iowa Football Player Approached by Cops with Guns Out While Playing Pokemon Go
By Brandon Simmons
Pokemon go is the latest app that has proven fun for kids and adults alike, but it one Iowa football player caught one of its often bad experiences. According to the Des Moines Register, a University of Iowa football player was playing the game when four cops approached him with their weapons drawn out. While it may sound like the beginning of another story of a black man being abused by authority, it did not exactly go that way for defensive end Faith Ekakitie. He described in a lengthy Facebook post that it was an experience that he feared but blamed that reaction on the media:
“Today I was surrounded and searched by approximately five Iowa City Police Officers. My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband. Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view.”
According to the Iowa City Police Department, a bank robbery occurred around the same time that Ekakitie was in the park looking for Pokemon Go, which was also very close to the crime scene. As Ekakitie was playing the game, he had his earphones on and was not initially aware there were cops about to approach him. While some may raise their eyebrows at why the young man was approached, Sgt. Jorey Bailey said there was reason that the officers did what they had to do.
“The bank robbery call came out, and then two minutes later officers saw this person less than a block away from the bank matching the description,” explained Bailey. The description of the suspect was a large black male dressed in all black.
Ekakitie finishes his post by thanking the police for their professional manner and for people to be more aware of their surroundings, which he claims is something he did not do well in this particular situation. You can read the entire post below:
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