Man Who Was Pepper Sprayed Has Case Continued

The man who was pepper sprayed at a Kinston Walmart on Black Friday was in court Monday.

Gordon Jackson, who is a former Kinston police officer, is being charged with disorderly conduct in Lenoir County.

According to police, an off duty officer who was hired by Walmart to work security was trying to quell a disturbance and make an arrest. While attempting to subdue the crowd the officer used pepper spray.

Jackson told WITN that all he did was say to an officer they probably shouldn’t have sprayed the pepper spray with so many kids and elderly folks around.

Jackson says that’s when he was asked to leave and when he turned to do so, he says officers threw him on merchandise and cuffed him.

The man appeared in district court Monday and his case was continued to March 5th.

Kinston Public Safety is conducting an internal investigation into the actions of the off duty police officer.


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  • by bj on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    Police officers working off duty and pepper spraying and assaulting tax payers they should be arrested and put in overcrowded jails sleeping on mats. They work for the people not against them.
  • by david Location: mount olive on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    The cops were off duty working security at Wal-Mart. Then they should not be allowed to wear their police uniform when working off duty. The money they were paid by wal-mart should be given to the town of Kinston. The police officers should be charged with a crime they were off duty.
  • by roy Location: kinston on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    The police were jerk if the man had been black and cops white they would have been called racist.
  • by Sick of Cry Babies on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    Nobody would have been sprayed if nothing was goin on, and the guy that got locked up should have SHUT his mouth and filed a formal coplaint if he didn't like it. If he does the same again, he will go to jail again...lots of people, just a couple cops they have to keep control. Keep ur mouth shut and move along and u will be fine
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      by 44mag. on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM in reply to Sick of Cry Babies
      Now theres a whole lot of MOUTH and sick of cry babies will be shot dead!!!(by the same one defended)...
  • by eddie Location: kinston on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    The officer was trying to calm people down and prevent the situation from getting out of control. He was just doing his job.
  • by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    maybe if more people would speak up like the man did, cops wont keep doing the stupid stuff they do. there was no situation at Kinston walmart. the cops were the only thing the people had to be worried about that night.
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      by tom on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM in reply to anonymous
      I saw it all. Crazy cops got out of hand. Pepper spray them .
  • by RP Location: Ahoskie on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    He should have kept his big mouth shut until the situation was under control or over,that was not the time to complain,of all people he should have known that,DUMMY!!!
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      by to RP on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to RP
      Does RP mean Arresting Police Officer? Your comment is almost a dead give away. It is just to bad when one is given a little authority they begin to exerise it unrightously. You commented on the mans actions that he should have known, that is wasn't the right place or time. Maybe you are right; however, you I mean the Police asked him to leave, he was leaving and they chose to throw him down on the counter and arrest him. Was that the right thing to do at the appropriate time?
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        by Mike on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM in reply to to RP
        Yeah RP's statement is a dead giveaway. Seems the officers in question didn't like having their authority questioned. They should not have used pepper spray around all those the elderly and children. Pretty lame I think.
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      by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:17 AM in reply to RP
      hey stupid, did you look at the video? the sale was over and the people were leaving. did it look like the police were doing anything other than standing around laughing and chatting. Are you a wanna be cop?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM in reply to RP
      First of all there was no situation to control except for some over zealous cops threatening the customer's with the lazer guns and pepper spray. I respect LEO'S but just like any professions there are good and Bad ones.The first amendment gave him the right to voice an opinion and even Kinston's so called finest is not exempt to that.
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      by Native on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM in reply to RP
      Everyone here it right, he has a right to speak anywhere and at anytime he chooses. It is not illegal to make comments to a LEO, even stupid comments.
  • by CHILL Location: ENC on Jan 23, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    Some cops just like to pepper spray people. It funny to them . Maybe they will drop the charges if the former officer dont sue them in civil court.
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      by leo wife on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:50 AM in reply to CHILL
      So untrue. LEO's have to be pepper sprayed themselves before they can carry it. Same goes for the taser. They don't think it's funny to have to use either one. Would you think it was funny if you had to worry about getting sued every time you did YOUR job?!
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        by dp on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to leo wife
        Just the wife of the boys in blue making excuses for them.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM in reply to dp
          Why don't you try to do that job for just one week. You just might learn something. Everyone loves a fireman, but hates a cop. That cop is just as likely to save your life as the fireman. Sure hope you don't need to call for help someday, you might end up eating your words.
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          by DON on Jan 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM in reply to dp
          HEY ANONYMOUS...People like firefighters because they don't have the Gestapo attitudes like cops do..anytime you really need a cop they are minutes away..too late to do anyone anygood...
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        by chill on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM in reply to leo wife
        They would not have to worry about getting sued if they didnt do anything wrong . Thats why we have our rights. Cops must obey them thanks to our forefathers.
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        by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:26 PM in reply to leo wife
        thats almost funny. I've never heard of a firefighter take his ax out and threaten people or take the hose off and spray a whole crowd of women and children. lol
  • by RaySims Location: kinston on Jan 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
    From the look of the PIC it seems to be a race crime, 2black cops and a abused white man
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      by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:45 AM in reply to RaySims
      Like that will ever stand up in court.
  • by So? on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:59 AM
    This is news because...? What about all the other people in court who have been pepper sprayed, tased, etc.?
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