Former state trooper sentenced to probation for civil rights violation
March 14, 2023 4:57AM CDT
DES MOINES — A former State Trooper is sentenced to two years probation after admitting to a civil rights violation.
58-year-old Robert James Smith pleaded guilty in September of last year to pulling over a motorcyclist in 2017 who was allegedly speeding on Interstate 80 in Cedar County.
The former trooper admitted to intentionally striking the motorcyclist on the chin with his open palm as the man stood with his hands in the air. Video of the stop showed the man falling back over the motorcycle after being struck.
Smith was fined $7500 along with the sentence of two years probation.