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DAY 1: Former Cedar Rapids police officer appeals firing, department shows inconsistencies in testimony

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- For nearly 10 hours, the Cedar Rapids Civil Service Commission heard evidence in the case of Lucas Jones who was fired this summer from the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Jones, a sergeant at the time of his firing in June, alleges the department fired him for political pressure, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, and for bringing forth misconduct allegations against two other officers.

Today, the focus was mostly on what Jones said in 2016 and once again in 2020. The police department going over inconsistencies in two separate testimonies from Jones that both involve a 2016 traffic stop.

Civil Service Commission Meeting - September 22nd, 2020

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Posted by City of Cedar Rapids Iowa Government on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"We need our officers to be truthful. It's really the foundation of what we do here at the police department," said Lt. Ryan Ryan Abodeely, who conducted an interview with Jones for Internal Affairs earlier this year.

That traffic stop involved an unidentified Black woman, who was driving with a suspended license. Jones cut her a break, which was potentially against department policy at the time. Based off previous reports from KWWL there are multiple policies that could apply.

Jones was interviewed about the issue by then Cedar Rapids Police Lt. Craig Furnish, who is now an acting Captain within CRPD. The transcript of their interview, conducted in 2017, showed Jones said he didn't know why his microphone didn't record the incident.

Three years later, Jones gave a deposition for a shooting he was involved in that occurred the day after the traffic stop listed above. Internal affrais officers claim deposition transcripts presented to the commission showed Jones saying he "intentionally" turned off that microphone because he was breaking policy.

Jones' attorney alleges that memory can be misremembered and that Jones was flustered through an exchange, that read as though it was heated, and should have elaborated more on that answer.

Towards the end of the hearing Tuesday, evidence and testimony focused on an independent polygraph of Jones. It showed no deception based on the questions presented, which police allege were too vague.

"I'm not sure if a polygraph means as much to me as it does to sign the Officer Bill of Rights or to swear that I'm going to tell the truth in a court of law," said Capt. Brett Long.

Jones brought the polygraph to the department for consideration but it was rejected.

Civil Service Commission Meeting - September 22nd, 2020 - Part 2

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Posted by City of Cedar Rapids Iowa Government on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The appeal hearing resumes tomorrow at 8 a.m.

This summer, KWWL conducted an exclusive interview with Jones on these issues, which present further information.

To re-watch the 3-part exclusive series with Jones and his attorney, click on the stories below:

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