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Documents give insight into former CRPD officer’s termination

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Almost two weeks after the Cedar Rapids Police Department announced the termination of a former Sergeant, newly released records give insight into the reason he was let go.

Former Sergeant, Lucas Jones was terminated on June 18th for "violating rules and policies of the department". Little other details were released at the time citing personnel matters.

Jones was involved and cleared in two separate shootings since he was hired by CRPD in 2011, once in 2015 and another in 2016.

On November 1st, 2016, Jones shot Jerime Mitchell during an early morning traffic stop which led to an altercation. The shooting sparked outrage in the community at the time, as Mitchell was unarmed and paralyzed by the bullet that struck his neck.

In a letter of termination recently obtained by KWWL News 7, six violations were cited as a reason for termination that pointed back as far as 2016, however, it was related to a separate traffic stop on October 30th of 2016.

Violation One:

On January 16, 2020, Jones is said to have testified under oath that he intentionally turned off his audio recording microphone to "conceal that he was intentional[ly] violating policy," according to the document.

The department cited Jones for 'violating a CRPD Directive for in-car audio/visual equipment'.

Violation Two:

Jones was also cited for not 'following code of conduct' and 'obedience to laws and orders' for failing to impound or arrest the driver as the Cedar Rapids Department requires during the October 2016 traffic stop.

Violation Three:

Jones was also found to have given untruthful statements twice to CRPD investigators regarding why his audio microphone was not operational during the 2016 traffic stop, according to the document.

This happened once during an April 13th, 2017 interview and again on February 20, 2020. However, it is unclear if the 'untruthful' statements in 2020 were related to the 2016 traffic stop.

Violation Four:

Jones was also cited for violating 'code of conduct' and 'competency & derogatory remarks or acts by employee' for stating he'd "knowingly violate department policy as he sees fit" during a January 16th, 2020 deposition while under oath.

Violation Five:

Again, CPRD investigators found Jones to have violated CRPD Directives for 'code of conduct' and 'deceptive communications' during a February 20th, 2020 interview with the department's Professional Standard's Division Lieutenant, Ryan Abodeely.

However, it is unclear if the untruthful statements were in regards to the October 2016 traffic stop.

Violation Six:

Encompasses many of the above violations, stating Jones violated rules, regulations, directives, orders, and policies of the Department during both the 2016 traffic stop, during the April 13th, 2017 administrative interview, during the January 16th, 2020 deposition and again during the February 20, 2020 administrative interview.

Jones was given notice regarding an administrative investigation into his conduct and a notice of administrative interview on February 18, 2020, according to the document.

Jones was placed on administrative leave on May 4th, 2020.

While the discipline for violations one, two, and four were either a letter of reprimand or 40-hour suspension, violations three, five, and six required Jones to be dismissed from the department.

However, Jones said he was wrongfully terminated and that the CRPD Chief caved to "political pressures".

Jones can appeal the termination but it would need to be within 14-days of June 18th.

Editors note: A previous version of this story misidentified the October 30th, 2016 traffic stop as the interaction with Mitchell. However, that traffic stop happened on November 1st, 2016.

This is a developing story, KWWL News 7 continues to work to learn more about this story.

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