Two more women say CMPD officer assaulted them
Two more women have accused former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Marcus Jackson of groping them while he was on duty. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police made that announcement Friday. That brings to five the total number of victims tJackson is accused of committing sex crimes against after pulling them over. In the latest charges, police say Jackson stopped a vehicle on Dec. 28th that contained two women. Police say Jackson received their consent for a search and then went on to touch their private parts. In this segment, WFAE's Lisa Miller talks to Simone Orendain about the continuing investigation of Jackson. This segment aired Friday at 5:30 duing All Things Considered. Simone: Lisa, three of the women are African American and the other two are Latino. Is there any indication that Jackson is targeting specific races or groups. Lisa: Police said today they don't think that's the case. They say the only pattern that has emerged so far is that all the assaults happened when Jackson was working between the hours of 10 at night and 6 or 7 in the morning Eastway Division, which covers much of East Charlotte. Today, Sgt. Darrel Price attributed it to the demographics of the division. He also said it would be difficult for Jackson to know who he was pulling over at night. But one victim has said he stared her down before pulling her over. Sgt. Price said in all of these incidents, except one, Jackson dropped a ticket in exchange for doing what he did. Simone: So how's the investigation looking like at this point? Will we hear from more victims coming forward? Lisa: Police say they've received many phone calls about Jackson. Here's Sergeant Price. "We've had a lot of phone calls that did not reach criminal levels they were just kind of on the icky level. Informational stuff that they really needed to know, but they were not criminal," Price said during Friday's press conference. Lisa: Detectives are also reviewing seven months of video tape captured by the camera in his police car. That camera automatically begins taping when the lights go on. But an officer could manually turn it off. Jackson has only been patrolling by himself for the last 7 months. And before then he was always with someone during training.