Iowa State Patrol

State panel tables open-records complaints against public health agency

BY: - July 15, 2021

Editor’s note: Reporter Clark Kauffman was covering the Iowa Public Information Board meeting when he was unexpectedly asked to speak to a complaint he filed on behalf of Iowa Capital Dispatch. This article includes an edited version of some of his comments to the board, in italics, that are provided for transparency and clarity. The […]

Ernst asks for more details about Iowa State Patrol mission to the border

BY: - July 14, 2021

The state should share more details about the state trooper mission to the border, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Wednesday. “It would be nice to know what they’re engaged in, what agencies they’re working with and how our taxpayer dollars are being spent,” Ernst said on a call with Iowa reporters. Brendan Conley, communications director […]

Reynolds: State trooper mission to Texas was funded by Iowa

BY: - July 12, 2021

Nearly 30 Iowa State Patrol officers are currently assisting at the U.S.-Mexico border in a trip financed by Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday. The state announced in June that it would send some Iowa state troopers to the border for two weeks, responding to a request for assistance from Texas and Arizona. The State […]

Pandemic turns Iowa into speedway, traffic fatalities rise

BY: - June 8, 2021

The state is looking to strengthen its driver’s license requirements after a surge in both speeding and traffic fatalities, officials said Tuesday. One reason: Patrol officers say lately they’ve seen some of the riskiest driving of the past century. The Iowa State Patrol plans several days of added enforcement of traffic laws this week and […]

Expert: Iowa should share more data on traffic stops to fight police bias

BY: - August 10, 2020

Iowa should expand the amount of data it collects on traffic stops and share it publicly, an authority on bias issues told a state panel Monday. Arthur Rizer, a former police officer and U.S. Army veteran who directs the criminal justice and civil liberties program for Washington, D.C.-based free-market think tank R Street Institute, said […]

Reynolds says trooper who hit Black Lives Matter protester acted “appropriately”

BY: - July 7, 2020

An Iowa State Patrol trooper who hit a Black Lives Matter protester with a vehicle while driving for the governor acted “appropriately,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. On June 30, an Iowa State Patrol trooper driving a vehicle carrying Reynolds hit Jaylen Cavil, a leader in Des Moines Black Lives Matter, outside of an event […]

LGBT students escorted out of the Capitol after complaint of transgender kids in restroom

BY: - March 12, 2020

Over 150 LGBT students were escorted out of the Iowa Capitol on Thursday after a group of transgender kids refused to leave the men’s restroom and use gender-neutral bathrooms instead, according to Iowa Safe Schools, an LGBT student advocacy group. Middle- and high-school students draped in rainbow flags toured the Capitol in the morning as […]