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A veteran Air Force dog handler shakes his head watching dash cam footage of the Lucas Jones traffic stop that resulted in the escalation of lethal force. "So many mistakes. He choked," says Rod Rigo a veteran of nine deployments...
Cedar Rapids has remarkably strict standards when recruiting officers to the police force. Qualified candidates must have superhuman vision, that allows them to spot tiny dysfunctioning LED lights from over 150 meters away. The most obvious conflict between evidence presented...
Statement from Jerime Mitchell ahead of the release of dashcam footage showing the November 1st traffic stop that left him paralyzed from a gunshot wound to the neck. It is the first public statement from Mitchell since the incident. "What Mr. Vander...
Our private investigator wrote this hypothetical on the Jerime Mitchell shooting three days after the incident based upon a review of physical evidence and photos of the crime scene. We later removed the story per request of the Mitchell family...
With thousands of armchair economists now patrolling the post-election world it can be refreshing to read an actual economist. Tyler Christiansen is an Economic Analyst for the State of Iowa that maintains the blog Corn, Beans & Beta covering agriculture...
Transamerica put 120 Cedar Rapidians out of work Thursday afternoon in their ongoing effort to save money and improve operational efficiency. At least they didn’t call it a restructuring. An official speaking on behalf of Transamerica released a doozy of a...
  SWAT team members responded to a domestic dispute in Marion Wednesday that briefly locked down St. Joseph and Emerson Elementary School. What began as a domestic situation escalated into a full blown stand-off against militarized force on the streets of...
Now that Chicago Crime is an existential threat to the security of our city it is our duty to alert the public continuously regarding the mass crime network that has infiltrated Cedar Rapids. Please check The Cedar Rapids Defender regularly...
Months after toppling the administration at Washington High School in a sex scandal that grabbed international headlines Mary Beth Haglin continues to skirt serious consequence. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); By waiving her right to a jury trial Haglin...
After enduring nearly three weeks of endless accusations against their department, the CRPD has answered with their own vaguely worded statement defending their man. "The Union fully supports Officer Jones. A Grand Jury proceeding is not an indication of any...
In an email addressed to the editor of the Defender Linn County Attorney clarifies his denial of our open records request. This is in response to your email of November 16th concerning the police dash-cam video involving Officer Lucas Jones and...
Opinions expressed herein are not endorsed or supported by the editors of the Defender With the latest killing of a 13-year-old girl it’s time for the Cedar Rapids Police Department to do something about the gang culture that’s clearly being...
A man transporting 155 pigs from Iowa to Missouri flipped his semi Thursday night in Riverside. Dozens of pigs were flung from the trailer into a nearby field while hundreds were left entombed. Sgt. Jim Cunningham of the Sioux City...
The police have heard it all before. “There are many people in this community that blame them, the Mennonites for crime we’re seeing on our streets,” said a police spokesman. Mennonites have made local headlines for high crimes rates, including the...
Nice teaser guys. The music is a fine touch. It’s long been a rumor… now police say it’s true! Crime from Chicago and other big cities is making its  way into Eastern Iowa! Forrest Saunders investigates how police are fighting…(dramatic pause)…CHICAGO CRIME! During a week...
Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden has rejected an open records request filed by the CR Defender to obtain dashcam video of the police shooting that left one Cedar Rapids man paralyzed. Citing Iowa Open Records Law 22.7 the...
A man from Cedar Rapids has become a conservative national hero after running to CBS 2 News with news that Stella on Melrose in Iowa City was doubling cover charges for Trump voters. Erik Stelter, self-identified as a Trump voter, was...
Remember where you heard it first. As first reported October 28th by The Cedar Rapids Defender two Linn Mar employees are under investigation for sexually related crimes. One former employee now has been charged and another is still being investigated. Marion...
Mary Beth Haglin has plead not guilty to charges that she engaged in a sexual relationship with a student while teaching at Washington High School. Haglin entered the plea Thursday morning in Linn County. The prosecutor upgraded the previous misdemeanor...