Bodycam video shows police searching Iowa defensive end in park

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 (Iowa City Police)

Police have released body camera footage showing a University of Iowa football player being questioned by police who were searching for a robbery suspect.

The footage released Tuesday shows the encounter that defensive end Faith Ekakitie described on Facebook this week. He said he was playing "Pokemon GO" in a public park when he was surrounded by police and searched at gunpoint. Ekakitie said he feared for his life but understood the police action.

In the video, an officer can be heard telling Ekakitie to put his hands up.

The officer says: "It's probably not you, but we've got to double check."

Ekakitie tells the officers he was playing the popular smartphone game, which sends players to physical locations to "catch" virtual Pokemon characters.  After the officers check Ekakitie's ID, one thanks him for his cooperation.

Later, Ekakitie thanked police in return, "for handling a sensitive situation very professionally." He added, "I am thankful to be alive, and I do now realize, that it very well could have been me, a friend of mine, my brother, your cousin, your nephew etc. Misunderstandings happen all the time and just like that things can go south very quickly."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.