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Burlington police officer on paid leave retires

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- A Burlington police officer on paid leave has retired after a video showed him slapping away a cellphone from a man who was recording him at a domestic disturbance.
   The Hawk Eye newspaper reports that officer Dale Wyatt stepped down after an internal police investigation.
   The Nov. 9 video shows Wyatt telling 23-year-old Kevin Andries to calm down while Andries records officers with a cellphone and peppers him with questions.
   Wyatt initially tells Andries to wait while officers handle the situation, and then walks away. The video shows Wyatt returning when Andries continues to question him, and then slapping the phone before the recording stops.
   Andries was charged with simple domestic abuse assault and simple assault, and obstruction of emergency communication. He has demanded a jury trial.

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