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Couple sues city, fired CMPD officer Marcus Jackson

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A couple pulled over by former Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer Marcus Jackson is suing him and the City of Charlotte for damages. WFAE's Lisa Miller has more: A woman named Esmeyda says her run-in with Jackson has given her nightmares and prompted her to move away from Charlotte. According to the lawsuit, she and her boyfriend Jorge were driving home early December 28th when Jackson pulled them over, groped Esmeyda and forced her boyfriend to do the same. The couple's attorney, Neal Rodgers, has worked on several cases against law enforcement agencies. He says he wants to find out if there's any truth to rumors that Jackson was hired under lax standards to promote diversity within the department. "Esmeyda and Jorge are seeking damages for their individual injuries to be sure, but in a larger sense they are seeking justice for the people of Charlotte," said Rodgers. "Through this lawsuit we aim to discover the truth about how an officer like Marcus Jackson was passed through the department's screening process and given a badge." The lawsuit does not say how much money the couple is seeking, just that it's in excess of $20,000. Five other women have accused Jackson of sexually assaulting them. Earlier this week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted him on eleven counts that include sexual battery, extortion and felonious restraint.