CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – An undocumented Mexican immigrant is facing possible deportation after he was arrested for trying to defend his girlfriend from a Charlotte police officer accused of sexual assault on three women, two of them Hispanic.
Police in North Carolina’s largest city revealed on Wednesday that a third victim, a 37-year-old Mexican woman who was not identified, filed a complaint against Marcus Jackson, 25, because he had sexually assaulted her.
Jackson has been under arrest since Dec. 30 in the Mecklenburg County jail, with bail set at almost $500,000, for two previous accusations by a Latina and an African-American woman of kidnapping, extortion, assault, sexual abuse and indecent exposure.
The third victim, who is undocumented, said that on Dec. 29, when she was going home at night, Jackson stopped her in the parking lot of the apartment complex where she lives.
She also said that eight weeks earlier the same officer had fondled her breasts.
In the Dec. 29 incident, police say, the boyfriend of the victim tried to stop the abuse by calling 911 but Jackson seized his telephone and arrested him for resisting a police officer.
The Mexican man spent six days in the Charlotte jail and was subjected to the 287g program, which determined that he entered the country without the proper papers.
Although prosecutors dropped the charges, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an order for the immigrant to appear at a hearing to begin his deportation procedures.
The Hispanic community in Charlotte is disturbed by this situation, particularly because Jackson had a history of domestic violence before he joined the police force in September 2008.
“I’m very afraid he will go free. He knows where I live, he can follow me and do something to me,” said the Mexican woman on Wednesday during the “La Voz de Charlotte” program on Radio Formula (1310-AM).
The show’s host, Jorge Medina, told Efe on Thursday that this kind of situation hurts the already fractured relations between police and Latinos. EFE