Iowa defensive end Faith Ekakitie had a fairly interesting run-in with the police last week.
Ekakitie was walking down the street playing Pokemon Go when he was approached by several officers, who had been dispatched to First American Bank in response to an attempted armed robbery. The police were looking for a suspect who was described as a black male wearing black clothing. Ekakitie, who was wearing black shorts, a black backpack and had black goggles on top of his head, was quickly given orders by officers brandishing weapons.
A video captured from one of the officer’s body cams was released on Tuesday that provides extreme clarity of the interaction.
Speaking at Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz applauded the interaction between his senior defender and the authorities.
“It sounds like everybody just kind of handled a tough situation, a potentially dangerous situation, in a really mature way,” Ferentz told reporters, according to The Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. “That’s what you’d hope for. You hope everybody’s got good intent, and it sure sounds like everybody did on this.”
At a time when the sensitivity surrounding police interactions is at an all-time high, this video highlights the benefit of having officers wear body cameras. Hearing about an incident is one thing, but seeing it play out is an entirely different matter.
“I think a lot of times in coaching we learn a lot from our players,” Ferentz said, according to Dochterman. “But I don’t know if a young man could have handled that any better than he did, probably especially pertinent in these times right now as a country and all the unrest and things going on. I couldn’t be more proud of him and the way he handled it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to experience that from his aspect, and it sounds like he did a great job and it sounds like law enforcement did a great job, too. Hopefully, it’s a learning situation for everyone nationally, not just locally.”