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CMPD releases 911, dispatch recordings involving Marcus Jackson

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released recordings of 911 and radio communications involving former officer Marcus Jackson and the traffic stops of women he's accused of committing sex crimes against. The recordings also include a woman's desperate call to 911 to report domestic violence, and the dispatch of Jackson to their residence. Police say that Jackson fondled the woman after responding to her call for help. CMPD released the recordings Wednesday evening, shortly after Superior Court judge Richard Boner ruled they are public record and do not threaten the prosecution's case or Jackson's right. CMPD had fought the release of the recordings. Several media outlets, including the Charlotte Observer and WCNC-TV, filed a lawsuit to get them. The recordings include a calls made by the boyfriend of one of Jackson's accusers. He's complaining about Jackson's search of his girlfriend. The boyfriend is speaking Spanish, while an interpreter helps a 911 operator communicate with him. The boyfriend, named Abel, is complaining about Jackson's traffic stop and what he's doing to his girlfriend. In the first call, Abel says: "I was here waiting on my girlfriend. The police officer, the black guy, he is very racist. I want to know why," according to a CMPD transcription and translation. The call ends after Jackson is heard in the background asking for identification. Abel called back six minutes later. "What's happening is a black guy stopped my girlfriend. He wants to search her like this, like you know grabbing," Abel says. The interpreter, however, doesn't give the complete translation to the 911 operator. Instead, he says, "Black guy stopped my girlfriend. And he wants to search her." It wasn't until the end of the call that the 911 operator and interpreter clearly understood that a police officer was at the scene. At least three times, Jackson is heard in the background ordering the boyfriend to end the phone call, saying "Get off the phone," "Hang up the phone, sir," and "Hang up the phone, please." Abel, the boyfriend, ended the call. Jackson then arrested Abel and charged him with obstructing and delaying a police officer. Abel spent six days in the Mecklenburg County Jail before charges were dropped. On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Jackson on 11 charges that include sexual battery, felonious restraint, extortion, and interfering with an emergency communication (Abel's 911 calls). Overall, six women have accused Jackson of sex crimes. In one, he's accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl to perform oral sex in his police cruiser in exchange for not giving her a traffic ticket. Here are the recordings in their entirety, with two exceptions. WFAE removed the name of the domestic violence victim, and Abel's phone number: Domestic violence calls/dispatch of officer Jackson Radio communications with officer Jackson Abel's 911 calls complaining about officer Jackson