Public Safety

Watch: Appeal hearing for fired Cedar Rapids officer Lucas Jones, Day 1

The Gazette is airing the livestream of an appeal hearing Tuesday for fired Cedar Rapids Police officer Lucas Jones. Watch it in the video player above. Tuesday's session began at 9 a.m. and is expected to last till about 7 p.m., with occasional recesses. Above is the second part of Tuesday's hearing. Scroll down for a replay of the first part.

The former officer is appealing his termination in a virtual hearing before the city’s Civil Service Committee on Tuesday morning. Despite objections from Jones and his attorney Skylar Limkemann, the appeal hearing will be held entirely online and is expected to take two days. The Gazette will also share a livestream of the hearing Wednesday starting at 8 a.m.

Part 1 of Tuesday's hearing:

 

Jones — the white police officer who shot and paralyzed Jerime Mitchell, a Black Cedar Rapids resident, during a traffic stop in 2016 — is appealing his firing in June, saying the process violated his right to due process.

A former patrol sergeant, Jones was fired after an investigation into an Oct. 30, 2016 traffic stop allegedly revealed he had deliberately disabled his body-worn microphone during his interactions with the driver, raising questions about the traffic stop involving Mitchell that occurred two days later.

READ MORE: About the hearing and what The Gazette has learned about the investigation into Jones' firing.

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