Kinston Pepper Spray Arrestee Hires Lawyer

Reports say the former Kinston police officer who was pepper sprayed and arrested at Walmart on Black Friday has retained an attorney.

Gordon Jackson, charged with disorderly conduct, is retaining the services of Riddle and Brantley, according to the Kinston Free Press. The law firm specializes in personal injury claims.

Some say the move is a sign Jackson plans to file a civil lawsuit.

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An off-duty police officer's use of pepper spray in Wal Mart on Black Friday is under investigation, according to Kinston's Director of Public Safety.

YouTube video shows people covering their noses and mouths after the pepper spray was used, while police handcuff 58-year-old Gordon Jackson, a former Kinston police officer. Jackson says he was unfairly arrested because he told an officer the pepper spray shouldn't have been used around so many kids and elderly people.

Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says Wal Mart contracted five officers to work security during Black Friday, and says officer Donterio Hardy used the pepper spray to maintain order around him and may have been the best option. Johnson says, "Look at the other options that are available - you have the baton, which means you have to start physically striking people, you go hands on, again, you have to start physically striking people. And obviously you have your service weapon, but none of those options were viable for the situation at hand."

Johnson says says officer Hardy remains on active duty while the standard use-of-force internal investiation takes place.

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Chaos erupted at Walmart in Kinston on Black Friday. An off-duty police officer ended up using pepper spray on a crowd and a former Kinston police officer was arrested.

A video of the incident has been posted on YouTube. You can watch it by clicking here. People are seen covering their noses and mouths, and then you see police officers handcuffing a man who is bent over, then leading him away.

WITN spoke with that man, 58-year-old Gordon Jackson, who is a former Kinston police officer and served 20 years in the army.

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.

Jackson was charged with disorderly conduct. He says he will fight the charge in court because he didn’t do anything wrong. His court date is set for January 23rd.

According to Kinston police, Walmart hired off duty officers to help with Black Friday security. Police say an officer was trying to quell a disturbance and make an arrest, and he used pepper spray.

Angel Bunting tells WITN she was right there when the pepper spray was used. Bunting says people were standing in line for cell phones marked down from $200 to $35 when a man fell onto the display. She believes it was an accident, but security thought there was a fight. Bunting says 20 people, including children, were affected by the pepper spray.

Jackson says his granddaughter had to receive medical attention because of the pepper spray. There have been several other reports of people going to the hospital because of the pepper spray.


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  • by Shenna Location: Kinston on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:09 AM
    I was there and the pepper spray made me cough, runny eyes and gag, my mom had to go to the bathroom to spit up, I will never attend another Black Friday again, was it necessary, a power statement for the officer, could have been handled different, not that serious to interrupt all those other paying customers like me.
  • by anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Im gonna take that day off to be at court to see if the man gets any justice in Kinston. Come one come all.
  • by anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    when do we the people, get to find out the results from the so called investigation. are they gonna ivestigate the taser and police brutality also?
  • by Law-abiding-citizen Location: Kinston on Dec 7, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    According to Kinston Free Press, the officer in question was also shouting racial slurs such as 'white cracker' and was a public safety officer, not a full KPD cop. I always knew the PSOs were a bad idea. SO, for those saying 'Your going to want that cop if anything ever happens to you.' No, no I don't, I want an actual KPD police officer or lenoir county officer not a public safety official. I hope the charges against the man are dropped and charges are brought against the cop. Also hope the little girl is ok.
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:10 PM in reply to Law-abiding-citizen
      Thank you Law Abiding Citizen. You are absolutely correct. I know I like to cram it down there throats with my rants, but you did more to make the people supporting these loose cannon deputy dogs step back & examine how foolish they have been. They truly should be embarassed by how naive they are. They mean well. They want to beleive that these are the good guys & its a perfect world, but the reality is it isnt. Good Posting.
  • by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    soon Kinston will have to hire all new cops. They are all gonna be under investigation. Hope that girl is alright.
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:15 PM in reply to anonymous
      Man.. dont even get me started.
  • by Just another number Location: NC on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    So who are you going to call next time your $600 per month suv gets dinged in the parking lot at Walmart and you cant find the guy responsible? That cop...and he is going to do something for you even if he doesn't want to.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:41 AM in reply to Just another number
      Call your insurance man. Police arent going to do anything about it.
  • by anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    What did the man do? Does anyone know?
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to anonymous
      He excercised his 1st amendment right to speak.
  • by tom Location: kinston on Dec 4, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    how do you control 500 out of contol rednecks? pepper spray lol lol lol
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    You all do realize that you don't know what Walmart manager may have told the cops to do that morning and how much he/she wanted to allow in the store knowing that customers get greedy and stupid acting thinking that they should be the only ones to get a certain item.
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      by Pirate Pirate on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:31 AM in reply to DIXIECHICK
      I didnt realize that the WalMart mgr. held that kind of control over the police. WalMart Mgr. can instruct the police to violate the citizens rights in his establishment according to you. What a dunce.
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        by DIXIECHICK on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:09 PM in reply to Pirate Pirate
        I didn't say that he told them to spray people. If he was the one that set up the hiring of the off duty cops, then he could have told them what he expected of them......DUH !!!!!!!!!
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          by Petey Pirate on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:05 PM in reply to DIXIECHICK
          I am going to be the one to call it off after that one. That reply was absolutely laughable. I admit that I was expecting a more formidable challenge in this. You do not match up to level & I will allow you to say your peace w/o my interference. Clearly you have entered into a battle of wits unarmed. Good wishes to you in the futere.
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          by Petey Pirate on Dec 4, 2011 at 05:13 PM in reply to DIXIECHICK
          That comment actually makes sense to you? I hope you are models gorgeous, because if not i cant see how you could survive in this world. You need watering twice a day & placed in the sunlight.
  • by MS Location: J'ville on Dec 3, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    Well we all know what Petey Pirate's job is...replying to posts on WITN...get a life lol
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to MS
      Same thing you are doing sweetcheeks.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:51 AM in reply to MS
      Said the pot to the kettle lol
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