News Channel 36 reports the following and not surpising story:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte taxpayers could pay the price for a former police officer charged with sexual assault.
Marcus Jackson is accused of inappropriately touching six women while he was on-duty and in uniform.
Two of the alleged victims are now suing the city. Attorney Neal Rogers will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today, announcing details of the lawsuit.
Legal experts say the case could end up costing the city a bundle.
"If I were a plaintiff's lawyer I would not only want to sue the department, I'd want to sue the city for failing to do their due diligence," said defense attorney George Laughrum.
Police Chief Rodney Monroe has said that Jackson was disciplined at least once during his time as an officer. Monroe has also acknowledged that Jackson should not have been hired in 2008 because of charges against him related to a restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend.
Because of the Jackson case, Charlotte's 911 system is also under review. In one call, a man tells the emergency operators that Jackson was groping his girlfriend. Police say 911 dispatchers didn't send help because they took the officer's word.
As to the amount of damages attorney Neal Rogers is asking for "damages in excess of $10,000.00 plus attorney fees and an amount further and different that the court deems the plaintiff entitled.
A copy of the Complaint as filed with the Mecklenburg County Clerk of Courts Office is located here.