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Man shot by Cedar Rapids police officer sues city, officer who shot him

Photo courtesy of Mitchell family

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) - Jerime Mitchell, a Cedar Rapids man left paralyzed after being shot during a traffic stop in November, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones.

The lawsuit filed in Linn County by Mitchell and his wife says that Jones and the city were "reckless and willful" in their actions when Mitchell was shot. Mitchell is suing the city and Jones for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery.

Officials say around 1 a.m. on November 1, Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones pulled over 37-year-old Jerime Mitchell. They said Mitchell began an altercation and Officer Jones shot him. Mitchell drove away, hitting two cars before being taken into custody and to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His family tells CBS2/FOX28 that Mitchell is paralyzed from the shooting. Jones was cleared of wrong doing in the shooting by a grand jury. Jones was also cleared in the deadly 2015 police-involved shooting of Jonathan Gossman.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said that Mitchell was combative, smelled of marijuana and intended to sell about a pound of marijuana found in the backseat of Mitchell's car. Mitchell has refuted that claim, saying that Jones was the aggressor during the traffic stop. In the lawsuit, Mitchell alleges that Jones told him "I'm going to kill you, man," while pointing his gun at his head.

Dash cam video released shows a struggle between Mitchell and Jones. Mitchell is able to get in the car and put it in gear while Jones is hanging from the inside the car. It is then when Jones fires three shots at Mitchell, hitting him in the neck once. Mitchell was never charged with a crime.

You can read the full lawsuit below:


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