Lawsuit to go to trial next year after Cedar Rapids police shooting
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
A lawsuit filed by Jerime Mitchell, the Cedar Rapids man shot by Officer Lucas Jones during a traffic stop, will go to trial on September, 10 2018. Mitchell was left paralyzed from the 2016 shooting. The Linn County Attorney reviewed the case and determined no criminal charges against the officer were warranted.
Officer Jones pulled Mitchell over near Coe College on November 1st, 2016. During the traffic stop, Officer Jones said Mitchell became combative and that he smelled a "strong odor" of marijuana coming from the truck. Mitchell denies Officer Jones' account of the stop. Dashcam video shows Officer Jones trying to use handcuffs when Mitchell tried to get back into his truck. As he began to speed away, Officer Jones fired multiple times into the truck. Mitchell was paralyzed and crashed a short time later.
In a statement, Mitchell said he was frightened and decided to get back in his truck. His attorneys argue that's no excuse for, what they call, the aggressive nature of Officer Jones' actions. But the Linn County Attorney turned the evidence over to a grand jury who ruled no charges should be filed against the officer. Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said that because Officer Jones could have been dragged or run over by the truck, the use of deadly force was justified.
Authorities say they found a large amount of marijuana in the truck and hundreds of dollars in cash, along with text messages on Mitchell's phone that allegedly indicated he was selling marijuana.