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Waterloo Police brutality lawsuits settled

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A local police department settled several lawsuits recently.

Three Waterloo residents, including a 13-year-old girl, will be getting a payout from settlements with the Waterloo Police Department for incidents of police brutality between 2013 and 2015.

KWWL was able to obtain the dash cam video from one of the incidents in which the victim is tased and kneed in the groin.

Dash cam video shows victim Justin Jones speaking with police who showed up to a party at his home.

Police repeatedly asking Jones for his last name. 

Officer: "Is that your whole name? What is your last name?"
Jones: "Why?"
Officer: "Come here. I told you not to walk away. Don't walk away when I am talking to you."
Jones: "I am talking to you too. . . Just go that way."

In the video, you can hear Jones telling his friends to go back inside.

 Jones: "Just go. . .please . . .would you please."

 Police then attempt to arrest Jones as he walks towards those friends. Jones struggles and an officer identified as Mark Nissen pulls a stun gun; points it at the crowd then uses a stun gun on Jones.

 In the video, you can see Jones body go rigid from the shock.

Once handcuffed, Jones repeatedly asks, "What did I do wrong? What did I do wrong?"

Then when Jones refuses to get in the back of the cop car, you can then see him being kneed in the groin by another officer; Officer Steve Bose. 

Jones reacts, "You gunna kick me in the nuts? . . .Are you serious?"

Later in the squad car, Officer Brandt says Jones was cooperating with them.

"I appreciate that you came over to initiate contact to say 'Yes, this is my place; my party.' I respect that more than you know," said Officer Brandt.

Waterloo Police Chief Trelka says the incidents did lead to some changes in the department.

"We had the county attorney come in and talk about situations when people are not providing their names. The internal [investigations] made us realize that we had a couple issues we needed to address; tighten them up and address this matter through training in the areas where we needed to," said Trelka. 

Jones received a $70,000 settlement. Another victim who was slammed to the ground in a separate incident received a $100,000 payout.

In the case involving a 13-year-old girl, the amount has not yet been released.

The defense attorneys releasing this statement, which in part reads:

"The Jones cases reflect a serious and nearly complete lack of any meaningful disciplinary policy within the Waterloo Police Department. Even in isolation, these cases demonstrate that the Waterloo Police Department is incapable of policing itself." - Attorney Tom Frerichs.

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