The Gazette will air Day 2 of the livestream of an appeal hearing starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday for fired Cedar Rapids Police officer Lucas Jones. Watch the live hearing in the video player above.
The former officer is appealing his termination in a virtual hearing before the city’s Civil Service Committee. The hearing began Tuesday and is expected to wrap up Wednesday. The first part of Wednesday's session is below:
Watch Part 1 of Day 2:
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.