Domestic violence charges against a former Yazoo City police officer who was later fired by city leaders were dismissed this week.
Charges against Mike Jones were dismissed with prejudice Wednesday afternoon in the Yazoo County Justice Court.
And Mike Jones’ attorney, John Donaldson, said he will continue to pursue legal action on behalf of his client.
Mike Jones was first charged with domestic violence and failure to comply after officers responded to reports of shots being fired in the area of 616 E. Tenth Street around 11 p.m. on April 14.
It was reported that Mike Jones and his brother Brandon Jones were involved in a confrontation that ended with Mike Jones allegedly striking Brandon Jones over the head with a bottle. It was also reported that Brandon Jones then allegedly fired a number of gunshots into the air.
A week after the altercation, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved to terminate Mike Jones.
After two Yazoo judges recused themselves, the case appeared before a Holmes County judge in the Yazoo County Justice Court this week.
“At least two of the police officers subpoenaed to be in court by 2 p.m. never showed up,” Donaldson said. “I then went over the evidence in the case including that the statues charged were erroneous. There were no eye witnesses. And the officer’s investigative report and affidavit were completely contradictive.”
Donaldson said there was not enough sufficient evidence in the case, including no eye witnesses.
“No one was willing to testify that they saw or heard anything,” Donaldson said.
The charges against Mike Jones were then dismissed.
But Donaldson also said Mike Jones was never properly notified of his termination from the city council.
“He got a letter from the police department that said as of April 16, he was suspended with pay until further notice,” Donaldson said. “He never got a letter stating that he was terminated.”
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved to terminate Mike Jones during a special meeting last April.
“It is my intent to make a claim under the state tort claims act for back pay, reinstatement and attorney fees,” Donaldson said. “The city council may have terminated Mike Jones, but the only notification he received was that he was suspended with pay as of April 16.”
Donaldson said Jones learned of his termination after reading about it in The Herald.
After the charges were dismissed and court convened, Donaldson said one of the subpoenaed officers appeared in the lobby outside of the court room. After hearing the court was convened, Donaldson said the officer turned around and left the building.
Calls to Police Chief Jeff Curtis were not returned as of press time.