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Internal Affairs memo told Monroe that officer Jackson should have been charged in domestic incident

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Last month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said at a press conference that he only knew of one incident in which former officer Marcus Jackson had been suspended. "I'm aware of one time, one incident that he's been suspended for and that involved speed, operating a vehicle outside of policy," he said at a Jan. 5th press conference. But WFAE has obtained a memo that shows the rookie officer was also suspended after a domestic dispute, and the memo says he should have been charged with a crime. That memo was addressed to Chief Monroe. WFAE's Victoria Cherrie and Lisa Miller filed this report. Former officer Marcus Jackson is accused of sexually assaulting six women while on duty. CMPD fired him in December after the first two women came forward. It was his first arrest. But the 26-year-old officer had been disciplined by CMPD at least twice in the months leading up to that. He first got in trouble for speeding on the way to a call. His 16-hour punishment was suspended, unless he got in trouble again within a year. And he did. On September 28th, Jackson showed up at an apartment in Mint Hill. He'd lived there before he and his wife had recently separated. A Mint Hill police reports says Jackson's wife wouldn't let him in. She locked the door. Jackson forced it open -- damaging the door and frame. His wife called 911. Caller: "My husband has left the house on the 19th, he just broke into the apartment and took my car keys with my children sleeping on the couch with me." Dispatcher: "Ok ma'am, is he still on the lease?" Caller: "Yes." Dispatcher: "OK, it's not a breaking and entering he's on the lease, OK. But if you've got a problem with your husband we can send an officer out to talk to you but it's not a breaking and entering if he's on the lease." Caller: "He just broke through my door with my children and you guys can't do anything?" Dispatcher: "That's not what I said ma'am. I said I'm going to send an officer out to speak with you but it's not considered a breaking and entering because he is on the lease that means he lives there. OK, is your husband still there or has he left?" Caller: "He left." Dispatcher: "OK, and you said you have your two children there?" Caller: "Yes, ma'am." Dispatcher: "Are you ok?" Caller: "No." According to the report, two Mint Hill police officers arrived four minutes later. Jackson apologized, and said he would pay to repair the damage. His wife told the officers she just wanted her husband to leave. She chose not to seek a domestic violence restraining order. Several years before Jackson became an officer, two women took out domestic violence orders against him. Fast-forward to November 5th. A CMPD review board ruled that during the incident Jackson violated two Rules of Conduct - "unbecoming conduct" and "conformance with laws." In a memo dated the same day, Major Tim Danchess of CMPD's Internal Affairs Bureau informed Chief Monroe of the review board's ruling. The memo says, quote, "The Mint Hill officers incorrectly thought that since Jackson's name was on the lease he had a right to gain entry to the residence, when in fact, his actions constituted a misdemeanor breaking and entering." The memo goes on to say, "The board determined that the allegations were sustained. The corrective action was determined to be that Officer Jackson be suspended for a period of 16 hours." It's unclear how CMPD learned of the incident and why Mint Hill did not file a charge against Jackson. Chief Monroe declined to be interviewed for this story. Mint Hill Police Captain Scott Hall also declined to comment. Last month Monroe made no mention of the incident when reporters asked him about any suspensions action against Jackson. Monroe said he was only aware of one. "I'm aware of one time, one incident that he's been suspended for and that involved speed, operating a vehicle outside of policy," he said. In that case, Jackson was suspended after a review board ruled he and Officer Peter Lombardo were both traveling 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officers were backing up a priority call in East Charlotte. Jackson was following Lombardo who wrecked his cruiser. Jackson's report of the accident was inaccurate. He first said Lombardo was going 45 in a 35 mph zone. A month later he changed the report to say the officer was going 65 mph. The review board ruled the officers were both going at least 75 mph. WFAE could not find any record that Jackson's inaccurate report was ever questioned or the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. He was given a 16-hour suspension for speeding. But would only have to serve his time if he got in trouble again within a year. The Nov. 5th memo about Mint Hill doesn't reference that punishment. CMPD fired Jackson about six weeks later - after the first sexual assault charges were filed against him. Monroe's most recent public statements about Jackson were January 11th, when he addressed the Charlotte City Council. "I am committed to maintaining a fair and equitable disciplinary process. We cannot be so heavy-handed on every act of reported misconduct, but it is our continued effort to identify; respond to all violations of departmental policy. We will seek to address those violations in order to modify behavior and allow those members to move forward. However, when it is indicated that an individual needs to be separated from the department, the appropriate action will be taken," Monroe said. At a meeting two weeks later, the city council decided against reviewing Jackson's personnel file.