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Dashcam Shows Cop Shooting Man in the Neck Because He Smelled Pot — Leaving him Paralyzed

Ceder Rapids, IA — Running from the police in America is a crap shoot, and a dangerous one at that. All too often, police officers will claim that their lives were in danger from a person who simply doesn’t want to be locked in a cage for possessing a plant, so they will shoot fleeing suspects — with impunity. Jerime Mitchell learned the hard way how dangerous it can be to flee cops.

On November 1, Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones targeted Mitchell for revenue collection and pulled him over for the non-crime of having a license plate light out.

While Jones was talking with Mitchell, he smelled marijuana, according to the police report. Because he smelled this plant, Jones then claimed the legal right to kidnap Mitchell and throw him in a cage. Up until Jones attempted to deprive Mitchell of his freedom, he was cooperating and being cordial.

Although there is no audio from the stop, we can tell from the pair’s body language that things were relatively calm before the handcuffs came out.

However, not wanting to be thrown in a cage for possessing a plant, Mitchell then resisted and tried to escape. According to the police report, an altercation ensued:

— An altercation between the two men ensued when Jones tried to place Mitchell in handcuffs.

— Mitchell tried to get into his truck and leave, but Jones held on and somehow became caught between the open door and truck. Jones told Mitchell to stop, but he accelerated instead.

— Fearing for his life, Jones pulled his service weapon with his free arm and fired three shots at Mitchell’s head. One hit Mitchell in the neck, paralyzing him. Jones then broke free and fell backward.

When watching the video, we can see that Jones did not need to be inside that vehicle, nor did he provide a service to society by attempting to kidnap Mitchell. It was Jones’ own choice to hold on to a man who was trying to run away, so firing his weapon in an attempt to stop Mitchell was entirely unjustified.

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Jones had Mitchell’s license plate and could’ve easily followed up the next day to arrest him. However, he chose the option of trying to kill Mitchell instead. And now, Mitchell, who’s only crime was selling a plant, that is legal in some form in 29 states, to willing customers and not wanting to be locked in a cage, will suffer. Mitchell will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair as the bullet that hit his neck has left him paralyzed from the neck down.

For a plant.

To add insult to injury, this week, a grand jury decided that Jones acted in a reasonable manner and will not be charged with a crime.

According to CBS2 Iowa, 

Mitchell’s family asked the department to wait to release it until they had a chance to watch it.

About 3 minutes into the video, you can see a struggle between Mitchell and Jones. Mitchell is able to get in the car and put it in gear while Jones is hanging from the inside the car. It is then when Jones fires three shots at Mitchell, hitting him in the neck once. He is now paralyzed from the neck down.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden says that the body audio on Officer Jones was not working, so there is no audio of the interaction between Mitchell and Jones. The audio in the video is from the camera mounted in the car. A police report says that Mitchell greeted Officer Jones with profanity and wasn’t calm during the exchange. Mitchell refuted that, saying he felt frightened and tried to get back into his truck, and that’s when Officer Jones shot at him.

It is important to examine this situation outside of the state’s definition of legality. When we look at the facts, without taking into account that the state claims the right to extort you for a license plate light, the situation appears entirely different.

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When watching the video, it is clear that Mitchell had every reason to fear for his life as an armed man was attempting to kidnap him while siccing his attack dog on him.

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Legality does not equal morality and it is time society realizes this truth before more people are kidnapped, caged, or killed for possessing a plant. The video below is every reason to consider a radical shift in policing and demanding an end to the drug war.

  • Heather Soper

    And they’re not going to prosecute him?? Say it’s not a crime? Lost for words.

  • James Latham

    Like how he slammed this kid up against his vehicle a couple times. If the dog was biting me I would try and get in my vehicle and get away where there are other people. Another criminal thug in blue abusing his authority.

  • Ibcamn

    what a low life bottom feeder that cop is…POS human being…..

  • David Hall

    The only thing these cowards know to do is to pull their guns and shoot people. Trigger happy POS pussies. He saw the vehicle and meant to pull it over when he was too far to see a tag light out. Fishing for revenue collections. Cops are the most evil slugs in the U.S.

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    • TOPDOG1

      In the early ninety’s I was in Costa Rica. The police had gotten so bad there they were going into homes at night murdering and robbing residents and raping the women. After a massive public outcry, many reforms were put into place. their arrest powers were severely curtailed and most had their guns taken. Only a few were allowed to carry firearms. Mostly the police then became essentially the same as a security guard with very limited arrest power. All had the armed backup if needed.
      Also; after a few years in Sinaloa Mx where after eight thousand law enforcement (country wide) have been shot dead along with a hilarious number of politicians, it was after sixty-six police were fired for misconduct in a pop; of apx; 480.000, one year later crime had dropped ninety-seven percent. They also have an active military policing the streets. They are involved in police shootouts quite frequently. There are lots of pro’s and con’s to a military police as well.

  • Desert Rat

    The pig ran three stops (stop signs and flashing reds) while driving around.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      “Pig” is an appropriate term…that word describes their function!

  • JdL

    Remind me why we shouldn’t just shoot cops on sight?

  • Vincent D’Emidio

    Hmm…another incident which forces me to HATE pigs — oops! I meant, ah, “cops” — even more!
    Actually, I really meant, PIGS!

  • Eric Bolt

    looks like Cop games at play -!

  • Zackknowitall

    Does anyone else love hearing about cops getting killed?