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Jackson asks AG's Office to probe police weapons

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Quentin Jackson

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By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Saturday, March 23, 2019

HERTFORD — A Hert­ford town coun­cil­man says he’s asked the N.C. At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice to in­ves­ti­gate his claim that be­tween 18 and 25 weapons be­long­ing to the Hert­ford Po­lice Depart­ment are miss­ing or were im­prop­erly sold.

At a press con­fer­ence he called on Fri­day, Quentin Jack­son said that the State Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion has con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and that the probe’s re­sults were turned over to District At­tor­ney An­drew Womble’s of­fice.

Jack­son claimed noth­ing ever hap­pened with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but it wasn’t clear if the probe he was talking about looked into the miss­ing guns or some­thing else.

“The DA has al­ready proven he doesn’t care to pros­e­cute,” Jack­son said. “We have no trust in DA An­drew Womble.”

Womble had no im­me­di­ate re­sponse Fri­day to a re­quest for com­ment.

Womble’s of­fice has pros­e­cuted Jack­son for a num­ber of of­fenses, in­clud­ing as­sault on a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial and re­sist­ing a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, both of which Jack­son was found guilty by a District Court judge. He has ap­pealed his jail sen­tences in both mat­ters.

Prose­cu­tors from Womble’s of­fice also plan to try Jack­son a felony charge of per­jury in Su­pe­rior Court in Hert­ford on Mon­day.

Jack­son said some of the miss­ing or im­prop­erly sold guns were or­dered but not needed, or were de­fec­tive but not re­turned to the man­u­fac­turer for re­pairs.

“Peo­ple put a price on some­thing and then sold it to them­selves,” Jack­son said. “A lot of this has been swept un­der the rug.”

Jack­son pro­vided no sources for his claims. He also said some of those in­volved in the im­proper dis­posal of weapons are still in law en­force­ment, but did not pro­vide any names.

When asked if any of the of­fi­cials were still em­ployed by the Hert­ford Po­lice Depart­ment, Jack­son said he couldn’t com­ment.

He said some of the im­prop­erly dis­posed-of weapons didn’t be­long on the streets of Hert­ford. When asked if he was talk­ing about sur­plus mil­i­tary weapons, he said he couldn’t an­swer.

Jack­son, who was elected to Hert­ford Town Coun­cil in Novem­ber 2017, said there have been prob­lems with the town po­lice de­part­ment’s ev­i­dence room, but newly ap­pointed Chief Den­nis Brown has cor­rected those prob­lems.

In a let­ter to Womble, Jack­son said the town is not try­ing to hin­der any DA in­ves­ti­ga­tion of what hap­pened to the weapons.

“We do not have all the facts of the case and we are try­ing to make sure false state­ments are not made or mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion is trans­ferred,” Jack­son wrote. “Also, we do not want to hin­der or de­mean your in­ves­ti­ga­tion in any way.”

Jack­son said Brown is the point per­son for all con­tact on the mat­ter and as Hert­ford’s mayor pro tem, Jack­son will head the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Jack­son could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment Fri­day.

A spokesman for the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice also couldn’t be im­me­di­ately reached.

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