Iowa – Gus Mormann, 31, of Colesburg, died last December following a police chase in Delaware County. It all began when the Iowa State Patrol attempted to apprehend him near Manchester. They said he was speeding and driving while his license was suspended. As the pursuit passed through Manchester, troopers put it a halt.
Officer James Wessels of the Manchester Police Department restarted it and collided with Mormann on Highway 13 just outside of town. Mormann died in a hospital a month later from his injuries. His family has filed a lawsuit against the Officer and the Manchester Police Department. They say Wessels drove dangerously through Manchester, pursuing Mormann at high speeds.
The only video available is from dash cams and body cameras. There is no footage of the actual accident. According to police, the officer did not have enough time before the chase to activate the squad car’s dash camera or body camera.
David O’Brien is representing Gus Mormann’s parents in the lawsuit and doesn’t buy that reasoning. “If I was a police officer, I’d make darn sure my video was on all the time. If you were acting in accordance with the law, you’d want to be able to prove that,” he said. “It’s only officers who are engaged in wrongful conduct who don’t want video.”