Dashcam Shows Nebraska Trooper Strike Drunk Driver With Butt Of His Rifle

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After leading Nebraska state troopers on an hourlong chase that reached speeds of nearly 100 mph, the Colorado man was so intoxicated or impaired he could barely stand when ordered out of his van, falling back against it.

Following the troopers’ orders, he put his hands up, and he kept them away from his body the whole time he stood before the troopers. He did not, however, comply with more than a dozen other commands to “Get down on the ground!”

That’s when Trooper Lindsey Bixby took Brian Davis down himself — with the butt end of his rifle. A sharp crack rang out as Bixby leveled Davis with a strike to the side of the head, Davis crumpling to the ground.

The March 4, 2016, arrest in Nebraska’s far-west Sioux County was captured in a dashboard camera video that was recently obtained by The World-Herald — stark images that raise more questions about the Nebraska State Patrol and how former Patrol Superintendent Brad Rice policed conduct within the ranks.

Bixby was not fired. That despite a use of force that a criminal justice expert, a patrol veteran and a longtime Nebraska law enforcement official each said was excessive and questionable. And despite the fact Bixby wasn’t truthful about what happened, indicating in his report — and testifying under oath — that he did not strike Davis in the head.

Instead, Bixby months later quietly resigned his job — his resigned status increasing the possibility he could later be hired by another law enforcement agency.

A spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts confirmed that the Sioux County case — never publicly disclosed until now — and its handling was a factor in the governor’s decision Friday to remove Rice as leader of the patrol and put on paid administrative leave six other officers, including the agency’s No. 2 in command.

“On Thursday, the governor was fully briefed on the use of force on display in the video and the subsequent investigation,” spokesman Taylor Gage said in a statement. “The use of force on display in the video is egregious.”

He declined to answer other questions, saying the matter remains under review.

The deputy Sioux County attorney who reviewed the case as a possible criminal assault called the video “shocking” and said the blow at first blush “looked vicious.”

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