The dash camera inside a police officer’s cruiser filmed the incident during a traffic stop early on Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, in which the officer and the driver engaged in an altercation and the officer shot the man.
Jerime Mitchell, 37, of Cedar Rapids, IO, has been hospitalized at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. According to family members, he was in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon.
At vigils on Tuesday and Wednesday night, Mitchell’s supporters called on police to release the dash camera video of the traffic stop and altercation which led to the shooting. Here it is:
Shalyse Johnson, Mitchell’s niece, said:
I’m very disgusted by the fact they are not releasing the footage. We knew there was footage the whole time.
We want them to release it because it will show he is non-violent, non-confrontational.
Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman, Greg Beulow, said that the dash cam footage was to be reviewed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the incident.
Beulow added that the Linn County Attorney’s Office was also to review the footage. Buelow said in a news release:
The Cedar Rapids Police Department understands the concerns and request for more information voiced by some members of the community with regards to the officer-involved shooting…
As with any investigation, there is a legal process that must be followed with regards to the collection, review and analysis of evidence.
At the same time, interviews and statements must be completed.
A Cedar Rapids police officer pulled over Mitchell at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday on the lower part of Coe Road NE near St. Luke’s Hospital, according to police.
Authorities said that Mitchell “began an altercation” which resulted in the officer firing his gun.
Mitchell drove away in his pick-up truck south on Coe Road toward First Avenue E. Near A Avenue and Coe Road, authorities said, and hit an unmarked police SUV, driven by a responding officer.
Mitchell then hit another vehicle in a parking lot off Coe Road and First Avenue, police said.
Mitchell was taken into custody and taken to the hospital in Iowa City.
Mitchell’s brother-in-law, Jesse Land, said Mitchell was in critical condition on Wednesday.
Mitchell was shot on the left side of his neck, and the bullet lodged itself in his spine below his voice box, Land explained and added that the family is waiting for more information about the shooting. He said:
We just want to get to the bottom of it. There’s two sides to every story… We would just like to see what really happened.
Coe College spokesman Rod Pritchard said school policy requires a subpoena, before they can release any campus surveillance footage.
The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not yet been released.
Rahn said that it is standard practice to give an officer in this situation two sleep cycles before setting up an interview. The officer is on paid administrative leave.
Buelow asked for the public’s understanding and patience during the investigation. He said in a news release:
The investigative process is thorough and deliberative… All of the facts and evidence will be presented to the Linn County Attorney’s Office.
The Linn County Attorney’s Office is to “determine whether the use of force was justified as part of their review of the case”, Buelow added.