Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones was awarded a victory on Friday when the Tuscaloosa Police Department dropped the charges against him. Jones, a rising senior, was arrested last Tuesday and charged with two misdemeanors of domestic violence.
On Friday, TPD sent out a press release announcing the news. Jones had attempted to deescalate the situation by contacting police. Following is the report, courtesy of Tuscaloosa News reporter Stephanie Taylor.
“After reviewing the charges filed against Cyrus Jones on April 28, 2015 for Criminal Mischief III (Domestic Violence) and for Harassment (Domestic Violence) the Tuscaloosa Police Department has requested the Office of City Attorney dismiss all charges against Mr. Jones. Although sufficient probable cause existed for both offenses, the dismissal is based on the fact that Mr. Jones in fact attempted to deescalate the situation by contacting the Tuscaloosa Police Department. After reviewing with the Office of City Attorney, they concur with the recommendation of dismissal of the charges against Mr. Jones.
“Domestic Violence is a serious problem in communities across the United States and there are very strict guidelines that officers are required to follow when enforcing domestic violence laws. These guidelines often give the officers little to no discretion and require them to make decisions quickly to resolve the cases.”
Below is the full media release.
Jones is a pivotal piece of the Tide’s defense, having accounted for 46 total tackles (36 solo, 10 assists), 16 passes defended, 13 pass breakups, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble returned for a touchdown last season.
He was the fifth Alabama player arrested this year, but thankfully for Nick Saban’s heart health, has been cleared in the situation.