An Omaha man says he’s innocent of charges he assaulted two Iowa police officers. Twenty-one-year-old Justin Peck is accused of attacking the officers outside the Omaha convenience store which he manages. Peck’s attorney, James Martin Davis, says the Carter Lake, Iowa, officers had been chasing a speeder and wrongly assumed Peck was in the car.
Davis says: "They claim they were pursuing the driver of an automobile of which Justin was a passenger. According to them, they saw this other car going 100 miles per hour, which is totally preposterous." Davis says the store’s videotape shows Peck did speak with the officers.
"The police officer came up to him and he talked to his police officer and then the police officer goes his way and that’s when Justin goes into the store," he says. "Then all of a sudden, boom, he’s standing there with his hands in his pocket and these cops come in." Davis says the store surveillance tape tells the story rest of the story.
Davis says, "It shows them grabbing my client, they threw him against the counter, threw him down on the ground, started beating on him with their fists and while he was on his stomach and they were handcuffing him, they tasered him in his back."
The store is in Omaha and Carter Lake police have no jurisdiction in the city limits. There was no call made to Omaha police for assistance. The tape shows Peck did not resist arrest. Davis wants all charges against Peck dropped.