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Lucas Jones claims he didn’t lie, just ‘misremembered’ events, as he appeals his firing by CRPD

The Cedar Rapids Civil Service Commission heard nearly 21 hours of testimony over two days as it considers the appeal filed by fired Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones. The testimony, beginning Tuesday, centered around what happened during a traffic stop on Oct. 30, 2016. The Cedar Rapids Police Department said Jones lied about turning […]

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Local officials declare State of Emergency as more than 100,000 Linn County residents remain without power

Linn County residents continue to feel the impact of the derecho that moved through the state on Monday. The Linn County Board of Supervisors declared a State of Emergency for the county during its Wednesday meeting. Shortly after, Marion Mayor Nick Abou-Assaly announced a State of Emergency in Marion. Marion’s State of Emergency declaration is […]

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City of Cedar Rapids shares how public can get involved in creation of a citizen review board

City staff shared information during Tuesday’s Cedar Rapids City Council meeting about the 90-day process to create a citizen review board, including how the public can get involved, goals of the process and next steps. But residents who spoke after the presentation during the meeting’s public comment period raised concerns about how the work is […]

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Advocates for Social Justice outline 11 recommendations for a citizens review board in Cedar Rapids

The Advocates for Social Justice (ASJ) have published their research and recommendations for what a citizens review board should look like in Cedar Rapids and what should be kept in mind as it’s being established. The 18-page “Citizens Review Board Research Brief” discusses ASJ’s 11 recommendations, as well as how race needs to be “at […]

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