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Dash cam of officer-involved shooting brings up many questions

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Many questions remain after dash cam footage was released of a Cedar Rapids officer-involved shooting. 

The shooting left Jerime Mitchell paralyzed from the neck down. 

Officer Lucas Jones who shot Mitchell was cleared of criminal charges by a grand jury earlier this week. 

Early on in the dash cam video Officer Jones can be seen following a truck from a distance. 

Officer Jones blew past a stop sign seemingly following a truck which belonged to Jerime Mitchell, but he did not yet appear to have his patrol car lights on. 

As Officer Jones gets closer to Mitchell's truck you can see his patrol car lights come on. 

Jones says he was pulling Mitchell over because there was no light on his license plate but in the video it appears to be hard to notice following so far behind Mitchell. 

Officer Jones K9 can be heard barking loudly as Mitchell pulls to the side of the road. 

After Jones pulls Mitchell over he says he could smell marijuana coming from inside the truck. 

All of the video is coming from a Cedar Rapids Police dash camera and the sound is coming from inside the car. 

Officer Jones was wearing a microphone but police say it was not working at the time. 

As the second largest city in the state, Cedar Rapids police are not yet equipped with body cameras. 

Body cameras are worn at many Iowa departments including Iowa's largest city of Des Moines, as well as Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Iowa City. 

Within 90 seconds of Officer Jones walking up to Mitchell's truck and 40 seconds after shots are fired, multiple Cedar Rapids squad cars arrive at the scene.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says it plans to  buy 50 body cameras and has been in the process of getting them. 

The department is currently testing body cameras and making sure they have enough storage capabilities. 
 

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