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The Sioux City Police released a review of a “use of force” incident at Perkins and found the officers involved acted within the department’s policies.

A video circulating on Facebook in late April showed a struggle between officers and a Black man.

A few days later, the police department released body camera footage from all officers on the scene. Investigators say the man was asked to leave the restaurant and refused and resisted arrest. At one point, the man was pushed into a booth with an officer pointing a taser at him.

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The Sioux City Police Department showcased new body cameras at a news conference today.  They went into service a few weeks ago. Advocates pushed for the devices after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis 

more than six months ago. Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the importance of the cameras and the work being done to help serve the whole community.

The state of Iowa will prioritize health care workers and the most vulnerable citizens as it distributes COVID-19 vaccinations. 

At a press conference today, Governor Kim Reynolds said she expects the first distributions to nursing home residents to start on Dec. 13th. There will be a shipment of 26,000 doses of a vaccine developed by Pfizer.  Iowa will receive more doses over the next few weeks. And that includes a vaccine from Moderna, for a total of 172,000 doses by the end of December.

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Sioux City police say they are investigating a death inside an apartment used by transients as a homicide. The victim's body was found Tuesday near 26th and Douglas near Grandview Park. Police did not release the gender of the victim, who appeared to have signs of blunt force trauma. The person appeared to have been deceased for a week. A medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death. The apartment is part of a complex where 33-year-old Solomon Blackbird was shot on November 1st. He later died. Police say the two deaths do not appear to be related.

This week on The Exchange, we talk with Republican Senator Joni Ernst and her opponent Theresa  Greenflield.  Both candidates have been raising record levels of campaign funds, and recent polls show Ernst and Greenfield in a very tight race.

Also on the program,  the Sioux City Council this week approved the purchase of body cameras after years of debate.  Supporters say the re-evalution of police tactics and equipment after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May was a motivating factor in their decision..

And, we talk with an author about why community 

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Today the Sioux City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution awarding a purchase order of more than $260,000 dollars for 120 body worn camera units, and all necessary equipment to operate and maintain the system.

Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller said the body cameras will be operational by the end of the year.

The number of deaths in Woodbury County due to complications of COVID-19 has now reached 50, according to Siouxland District Health.  The health department reported the two who died were a middle-aged woman between the ages of 41 and 60 and an older man between 61 and 80-years old.

However, the state coronavirus website showed another death for a total of 51 in Woodbury County.

There have been a dozen deaths in Buena Vista County, eight in Plymouth, four in Dickinson and 2 in Sioux and one in O’Brien, Emmet, Clay, Cherokee and Pocahontas. 

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The coronavirus continues to spread in Iowa. Another 11 people with COVID-19 have died, and there have been an additional 705 confirmed cases, according to the state's website. There have been 865 deaths because of the coronavirus in Iowa. Polk and Woodbury Counties continue to have the highest number of cases of the virus.