Couple Sues Former NC Officer Accused Of Assault

A couple has sued North Carolina's largest city and a former Charlotte police officer who is accused of sexually assaulting women while in uniform.

The Charlotte Observer reports the couple filed the civil suits Friday, alleging abuse of power by former Office Marcus Jackson and "inept" hiring practices.

They say the 26-year-old officer pulled them over Dec. 28 and made them follow him to a church parking lot. They say he fondled the woman, claiming he needed to search her, then ordered her boyfriend to fondle her as Jackson watched.

Six women over the past month have accused Jackson of sexually assaulting them. A grand jury has indicted Jackson in three cases. Jackson was arrested Dec. 30 and is in the Mecklenburg County jail.

An attorney for the city declined comment.

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  • by Observer Location: Greenville on Jan 24, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    His picture was published with several news stories related to his arrest. If you do a little research, you will find that teh CMPD Chief has repeatedly said that he wants to increase the number of minorities in the department. This guy should have never been hired based on his criminal background. Had he been white, there is no way he gets hired as a police officer. It seems pretty obvious that he was hired becasuse he was black, in spite of his history of domestic violence. And no,I do not think it is a racist statement. The said fact is that your safety may be compromised all in the name of affirmative action. Don't believe it can happen, just ask the citizens of Washington, DC or Miami what can happen when criminals are given badges. I have no issue with hiring minorities. I have a problem with hiring unqualified people just because of their race.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    I believe what they were trying to say, is that people are now afraid to scritinize the record of a minority much less fire a minority for doing a poor job. when this is done, the term racist is often applied. Sad thing is, people live in fear of wrongly being branded racist. Jackson, Sharpton & co should congratulate themselves!
  • by to observer on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    What do hiring minorities have to with this? I guess you are going to say that is not a racist statement. How do you know this man is black? And you are a fool if you think that this does not happen in all races.
  • by Observer Location: Greenville on Jan 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    This is what happens when common sense is thrown out in the name of affirmative action. This guy had two prior incidents of domestic violence; both of which resulted in restraining orders being issued against him. He should have never been hired. When it comes to government jobs, all that matters is hiring minorities regardless of whether or not they are qualified. Why do you think the City of Greenville quit making some applicants take a basic reading and writing test years ago? It's all about appearances.
  • by Mike Location: Hubert on Jan 24, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    Good! I hope they sue the police department also. How is it that with 2 witnesses against one cops word that they always believe the cops. This case should have been taken care of a long time ago when it first happened. If they gave the woman a ticket for something they would have been to court way before now and this would have been settled. But since it involves a police officer it was washed over. BULLSPIT !!
  • by RUSERIous Location: ENC on Jan 24, 2010 at 01:19 AM
    What in the world was this police department thinking? This individual had a past. Way to go CMPD-hire a man with litigations on his resume. As we say in the South: "Bless your hearts"
  • by Tunkus Location: NC on Jan 23, 2010 at 07:14 PM
    Considering his record that he had before he was hired, the city of Charlotte better get their checkbook out.

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