The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has ruled Waterloo police used justified force when they shot and injured a man outside a local nightclub in April. The decision clears officers Steve Nissen, Thomas Frein and Steve Bose of any wrong-doing in the case.
The three policemen were among several Waterloo officers called to disperse a large group of people involved in a fight outside the New World Lounge 2 on April 5th. According to state officials, 27-year-old Jovan Webb was shot five times as he tried to drive away from the nightclub. While attempting to leave, he allegedly tried to hit officer Bose with the vehicle several times. Believing that Bose had been hit and was being dragged by the car, Nissen and Frein both pulled the service weapons and fired a total of seven shots at the vehicle, four of which went through the windshield.
Bose received minor injuries in the incident and was treated a local hospital. Webb drove himself to a local hospital, where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) conducted a probe into the shooting incident at the request of Waterloo police officials. The DCI then forwarded its findings to the Attorney General’s office for review.
Webb denies the allegations against him. In July, he filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Waterloo and officers Frein and Nissen, claiming the officers used excessive force.
(Reporting by Elwin Huffman,KOEL, Oelwein)