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Dash cam video from officer-involved shooting to be released Thursday

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Dash cam video from an officer-involved shooting in Cedar Rapids will be released Thursday. 

The shooting left 37-year-old Jerime "Danky" Mitchell paralyzed from the neck down. 

A grand jury announced Tuesday Officer Lucas Jones of the Cedar Rapids Police Department is not being charged for the shooting. 

Many people are upset the grand jury never heard a testimony from Jerime Mitchell. 

Police say there is no audio from the incident and the Cedar Rapids Police Department does not yet have body cameras, only dash cameras. 

The President of the Cedar Rapids NAACP Dedric Doolin tells KWWL he is concerned about the process in this case. 

Because there is no sound from the incident, quotes like this one, "what the f*** to you want?" recalling words Mitchell used are coming from a interview with the officer who pulled the trigger. 

 "If you choose not to believe officer Jones I guess that's your prerogative, but that's what he told us in his interview we have no reason to believe otherwise," said Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden on Tuesday. 

The grand jury never heard a testimony from Jerime Mitchell. 

"My understanding, there was a meeting scheduled to take Jerime Mitchell's statement and Jerime Mitchell was adamant about being able to give a statement, to give his side of the story. The problem was he had a bullet that went through his voice box," says Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker. 

Vander Sanden said Tuesday he believes the grand jury ultimately decided based on the dash cam video. 

 "If there is any question in that video I think Mr. Vandersanden should bring charges against Officer Lucas Jones, he has the ability to initiate a trial still," Walker said Wednesday. 

University of Iowa Professor Tim Hagle is a political science professor that specializes in the judicial process, he says a grand jury is typically more one-sided than an actual trial because the prosecutor controls the evidence. 

The video will be released Thursday afternoon after Jerime Mitchell's family has had a chance to watch it. 

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