The 2010 Iowa Hawkeye Football Season has left Iowa City police officers, as well as Security guards busy. While police officers and security guards have a job to do, some are asking if they’re going a little to far.
Prior to the 2010 Iowa Hawkeye Football Season, the University Of Iowa released “Think Before You Drink”, this outlined the University of Iowa’s drinking and tailgating rules. While it was clearly a rush job on the University of Iowa’s part, in recent weeks they have said their listening to the Iowa Hawkeye Football fans. The University Of Iowa has changed their rules regarding the hours Iowa Hawkeye Football fans can tailgate after a football game. The University Of Iowa did improve the ticket gat entrance experience for the game against Iowa State.
The Iowa Hawkeye Football season kicked off on September 4, 2010 with multiple complaints ranging from tickets for drinking to not being allowed to enter the stadium due to having a bag to large. On September 11, 2010 the complaints continued to pile up against Iowa City Police Officers and Security Guards. On September 11, 2010 at the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones, an Army Veteran reportedly was tased. The man was said to be enjoying the Iowa Hawkeye Football Game with his friends when an officer approached him. The man asked why he was being kicked out when the officer told him , the people behind him complained. The man was tasered while attempting to follow the officers orders. A University Of Iowa Senior witnessed the incident, she stated that she didn’t think the man was doing anything wrong.
Another man from Solon, Iowa was tasered for interference with official acts, as well as public intoxication. The man shoved an officer and refused to leave Kinnick Stadium after he was clearly disrupting other fans.
The decision to use the taser has been questioned. The University Of Iowa has hired officers from other jurisdictions and following their own policies. Senator Bob Dvorsky stated, “If they are off-duty officers, they are working under the auspices of the U of I police.” Senator Bob Dvorsky went on to say, the University Of Iowa should train their officers to deal with situations unique to University of Iowa sporting events.
David Visin, the Associate University Of Iowa Public Safety Director, said these are the first incidences when the taser has been used. He stated officers have carried tasers since 2003. David Visin said the use of a taser is the officers call and they will not be doing an investigation. David Vision said they hire officers from 13 other area departments, approximately 60 to 80 additional officers to the 40 University Of Iowa officers.
Chuck Green, University Of Iowa Public Safety Director stated, the outside officers hired by the University Of Iowa don’t follow the University Of Iowa policies because they are paid through their home department. Chuck Green goes on to point out they don’t want to be forced to train an officer for one day, since they don’t know which officers will even show up. Officers who show up to work at the Iowa Hawkeye Football Games are given a briefing. In this briefing they are told what they can expect and what the University Of Iowa does. David Vision said, “We spend more time than a regular briefing, because we have people coming in from other law enforcement agencies.”
Dvorsky said “I would hope they have some sort of training program before the season starts to explain all their policies,” and went on to say “They are a unique jurisdiction there.”
The Iowa Hawkeye Football Season continues on, as well as the tailgating. As fans continue to send in their experiences and complaints to the University Of Iowa, fans can only hope that the University Of Iowa will work with them to make each Iowa Hawkeye Football Game Day a fun and positive experience for all the Iowa Hawkeye Football Fans who attend games, as well as fans from the visiting teams.