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A man shot last week by a Cedar Rapids police officer during a traffic stop has been paralyzed from the neck down, according to published comments from his family.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, but a number of questions remain including the reason for the traffic stop and the events that led to the shooting. The initial press release referenced an “altercation” between Jerime “Danky” Mitchell and the police officer, identified as Lucas Jones, who pulled him over, but the nature of that altercation has not been revealed.
In news reports and social media publications, Mitchell’s family and friends have called for dash camera video from the incident that occurred at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. A press release sent out by the Cedar Rapids Police Department acknowledged that dash camera video was in use at the time of the traffic stop and that it will be reviewed as part of an investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation the Linn County Attorney. But the video has not been released.
Jones, the police officer involved, was also involved in a fatal shooting last year that killed 21-year-old Jonathan T. Gossman. That shooting, which involved two officers, was deemed justified by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden.
Jones, who has worked with the police department since 2011, was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
A statement released last week said the Cedar Rapids Police Department was committed to cooperating with the investigation and asked for patience and understanding from the public.
“The Cedar Rapids Police Department understands the concerns and request for more information voiced by some members of the community with regards to the officer-involved shooting incident,” the statement said. “The investigative process is thorough and deliberative. This investigation is being conducted by the DCI and all of the case facts and evidence will be presented to the Linn County Attorney’s Office. The Linn County Attorney’s Office will determine whether the use of force was justified as part of their review of the case.”