Iowa officer who shot man in 2016 won’t get job back

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FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo showsCedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jones who shot and paralyzed a Black man during a 2016 traffic stop will not be reinstated, a city commission ruled Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. The lawyer for Lucas Jones said he will appeal. Jones was not fired for the shooting, but for another 2016 incident in which he gave a Black female motorist a major break and then allegedly lied about it. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette via AP)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A panel has determined that a white Iowa police officer who shot and paralyzed a Black man during a 2016 traffic stop will not get his job back.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the city’s Civil Service Commission on Monday voted not to reinstate Officer Lucas Jones.

His attorney says an appeal is planned. Jones was fired in June, but not for the 2016 incident in which critics say he unfairly pulled over and needlessly shot a fleeing Jerime Mitchell.

He was fired over his handling of a traffic stop two days before he shot Mitchell in which he gave a Black female motorist a major break.


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