Jackson asks AG's Office to probe police weapons
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.