Woman Loses Job as County Prosecutor After Confrontation with Police
By Mark Geary, Reporter
MARION -- A tirade over a traffic ticket cost a woman a potential job with the Linn County Prosecutor's Office. Lisa Jones-Hall had the job offer rescinded when Marion police stopped her last month for having tinted windows.
Police dash cam video released Tuesday shows her call the officer names, claim racial profiling and even mention her pending job to try to get out of the ticket.
Marion police say they wrote 415 tickets for tinted windows last year. This year, they've already written 246 tickets.
But, when Lisa Jones-Hall got pulled over, she alleged the officer had pulled her over because of the color of her skin.
"I think you're picking on me because I'm a black woman driving in Marion...I don't have to listen to you" Jones-Hall said.
The officer pulled her over because he said her windows were illegally tinted. It's a law that's been on the books in Iowa for nearly two decades.
"You can have tinted windows anywhere behind the driver. They can be as dark as you want, but the side windows to the left and right and front of the windshield have to let in 70 percent of the light," Marion Police Sergeant Rich Holland said.
However, Jones-Hall refused to sign the ticket, which simply acknowledges she received it and does not indicate she's guilty.
When the officer threatened to arrest her, she mentioned the job she was supposed to start the following week.
"Ok, I want you to arrest me for tinted windows. I start with the Linn County Prosecutor's Office next Tuesday. I want you to arrest me for not signing this," she said.
Then, Jones-Hall called the officer a few names.
"You're being a jerk. You're being a jerk because I don't want to sign it," she said, "You're an a**hole. Are you going to arrest me for calling you an a**hole now?"
Nobody likes to get pulled over, but police insist these kinds of confrontational situations are unusual.
"You know what you're pulling people over for. You know you're doing the right job out there. Also, we have a database at the Marion Police Department. We keep track of every stop we make," Holland said.
The Marion Police Department says their records show no evidence of racial profiling.
Jones-Hall said she just wants to put this whole situation behind her. She's returned to her job at Iowa Legal Aid and says she wants to go back to helping people like she's always done.
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