From [HERE] The lawsuit and trial were postponed again for a man who was the subject of a 2014 Hammond traffic stop that made national news.
Cellphone video circulated online after Jamal Jones and his girlfriend, Lisa Mahone, along with a 14-year-old and 7-year-old in the back seat, were stopped Sept. 25, 2014, at 169th Street and Cline Avenue.
The couple filed a federal lawsuit claiming Hammond police officers used excessive force when they used a stun gun and broke a window, records show.
Jones, 31, of Hammond, was charged with resisting law enforcement, court records show. He said after the incident that he didn't get out because he was afraid of the police.
A gag order previously was put in place in the Lake Superior Court case.
Jones was scheduled for a retrial in August, which was pushed back. He previously had a mistrial in October 2016 after one of the witnesses mentioned another alleged unlawful force incident by an officer while the witness was being cross-examined.
Last month, Jones’ attorney, Scott King, withdrew from the case. Jones is now scheduled for a pretrial conference in September, court records show.
The federal lawsuit has lingered for months as attorneys file status reports updating the progress of Jones' criminal case. Jones had a telephonic status conference Nov. 1 in Hammond’s federal court for his lawsuit. In light of the developments in his criminal case, and attorneys were told to file status report in January, court records show.
Jones is currently in custody at the Stateville Correctional Center, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections, and is expected to be released Nov. 7. He is in custody for Cook County charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated DUI, license suspended or revoked, according to the DOC.
During the Hammond traffic stop in 2014, officers stopped Mahone for an alleged seat belt violation. The situation escalated after police asked Jones, who was in the front passenger seat, for his identification, but Jones said he did not have it on him, according to court documents.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. previously said he was adamant that he did not want to settle the civil case.
Police ordered Jones to exit the car multiple times, but Jones did not comply, saying he refused because he was afraid of the officers, according to the lawsuit. Officers said they became concerned when Jones reached in the back of the car, but Mahone and Jones argue the officers' reaction was excessive.
Mahone's teenage son filmed part of the stop from the back seat of the vehicle. In the video, a child is heard crying after police broke a window and removed Jones from the vehicle, using a stun gun and putting him in handcuffs.
The video of the traffic stop spread across the internet and national media as discussion about excessive force made headlines. About a month and a half before the traffic stop, Michael Brown was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., leading to riots in that community.