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New Linn County Supervisor calls for special prosecutor

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Newly elected and making history as the first African America Linn county supervisor - Stacey Walker is wasting no time getting to work in the Cedar Rapids community. 

Wednesday, Walker called for a special prosecutor in the grand jury indictment of a Cedar Rapids police officer who shot and paralyzed 37-year-old Jerime Mitchell earlier this month during an attempted traffic stop.

It's a word political officials use often: transparency. And that's exactly what Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker has been calling for since the beginning -- now saying an outside special prosecutor is the most unbiased and fair way for the evidence in the case to be presented to the Grand Jury who will determine if the officer will face charges.

Early in the morning of November 1st, Officer Lucas Jones attempted pull Jerime Mitchell over. Authorities say there was a struggle and Jones shot Mitchell. 

Now the Grand Jury has been slated to determine whether those shots fired were justified. 

"There needs to be an independent third party special council or special prosecutor to present the facts of the DCI investigation in the interest of impartiality and transparency," said Walker.

Normally and as of now the county attorney will present the evidence to the jury of seven citizens.

Walker's announcement was made during a benefit for Mitchell -- the crowd clapping in response to walkers call.

During the speech -- Jerime Mitchell was Skyping in to listen from his hospital bed. His video feed on the screen behind Walker.

"One of the things I hope everyone in the community understands is that we can admire and respect what police officers do, while holding them to very high standards. 

Walker has made several public announcements since the shooting --- on Nov 3rd releasing a statement that urged the community to be patient and allow DCI to investigate.

Then on November 18th, Walker joined those demanding the video be released. 

 Now pointing to Linn County attorney Jerry Vander Sanden as the reason for the request.

 "Jerry Vander Sanden has been involved with a case prior to this that involved the same officer in an officer involved shooting. He has to maintain a professional working relationship with local law enforcement so I just think it would be great for everyone involved."

Walker is refering to a case in October of last year in which Officer Jones was involved in a fatal shooting and was determined by DCI to be a justified use of force.

 Mitchell spoke to the benefit crowd from his hospital bed via Skype thanking people for their support.

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