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Waterloo Police Officer charged with assault

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A veteran Waterloo Police Officer faces charges of assault causing bodily injury in an alleged road rage kind of incident on June 12 of this year.

Prosecutors filed the one count charge Tuesday against Waterloo Police Lt. Corbin Payne. Payne has been with the Waterloo Police Department more than twenty years, and is supervisor of the Tri-County Drug Task Force. He is a former Watch Commander and member of the Waterloo Police Tactical Unit.

Following an investigation, Lt. Payne was charged with assaulting a delivery driver for East China Restaurant in Waterloo.  

According to court documents, 22-year old Robert Carlisle Jr. had just completed a delivery for East China Restaurant, when a car followed him into the parking lot of the Kimball Ridge Shopping Center in Waterloo. 

Court documents indicate Carlisle said a man, later identified as Lt. Payne, got out of the car and was very upset, He said Payne was yelling that Carlisle was speeding and had cut off Payne and his wife on a Waterloo Street a few minutes earlier.

The Court Affidavit says Payne first hit the hood and windows of Carlisle's car and then grabbed Carlisle in a forceful manner.  The affidavit said Lt. Payne eventually grabbed Carlisle by the neck, causing markings about Carlisle's neck and body. Carlisle said he suffered fear, pain and injury.

A passerby witnessed the incident and, at one point, allegedly yelled at Lt. Payne to "Leave him alone."  The court affidavit indicates the passerby, Nihad Masic, gave officers statements which were consistent with those of Robert Carlisle, Jr. 

Both Waterloo Police and the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office responded to the call. Officers arrived on the scene about five to eight minutes after the alleged assault occurred. 

To avoid any conflict of interest, the case was turned over to the Dubuque County Attorney's Office. That office conducted the investigation which resulted in the charge of assault causing bodily injury against Lt. Corbin Payne.

Carlisle also said he smelled an odor of alcoholic beverage on Payne's breath and thought Payne may have been drunk.

The charge against Lt. Payne is a serious misdemeanor. In Iowa, a serious misdemeanor conviction can carry a jail term of up to one year, plus a fine of of from $315.00 to $1,875.00. 

According to Waterloo Safety Services Director, Chief Dan Trelka, Payne's police powers have been taken away while the investigation is in progress.

Trelka says Lt. Payne has been placed on paid administrative leave, and is restricted from conducting any police duties. 

In addition, Waterloo Police will conduct an internal investigation, says Chief Trelka.  

KWWL contacted Lt. Payne, but he respectfully declined an interview at this time. 

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