Detroit Carjacker Sues for 1 Million Dollars

Detroit Carjacker Sues for 1 Million Dollars

Have you seen the video of Andrew Jackson Jr.’s arrest?

The Video That Went Viral

Strolling through my Facebook feed back in January, I saw a disturbing video.

The video was shot locally in Gross Pointe, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. It was taken out of a woman’s home. She was shooting the video through her front windows.

What she was recording was unpleasant to see. The police were kicking a man, punching him in the head, and beating him upon arrest.

The video quickly went viral.

The treatment Jackson received during the arrest enraged thousands through social media.

The man in the video is Andrew Jackson Jr. and he has filed a civil lawsuit for a million dollars. MyFOXDetroit.com reported,

“And according to a lawsuit, Jackson wants $1 million for his “pain, suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, lost wages, physical illness, medical expenses, injuries to his reputation, humiliation, mortification, and embarrassment.”

Michigan Live quoted Ron Scott, the founder of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality,

“They are trying to criminalize the victim. You’re not going to have every situation where the person is a saint, but you don’t imprison them by kicking them or punching them in the head.”

Was Jackson really the victim in this? You Decide.

Jackson is suspect in a recent case of carjacking in January 2015. During the carjacking, he is accused of holding a gun up to a grandmother while her grandchildren were in the back seat of the car. At the time of arrest, Jackson was also carrying a gun. According to FOX 2 as reported by MyFOXDetroit.com, the victim stated,

“He puts the gun in my face and says give me your car and purse I am robbing you.”

He was arrested by a stolen car task force based out of Gross Pointe, Michigan.

According to Michigan Live, Jackson is facing the following charges,

  • Carjacking
  • Police Officer – Assaulting/resisting/obstructing
  • Weapons Felony Firearm
  • Robbery – Armed
  • Assault With Intent to Rob While Armed
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon(Felonious Assault)
  • Assault With Intent to Rob While Armed
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon(Felonious Assault)
  • Weapons – Carrying Concealed
  • Weapons – Firearms – Possession By Felon
  • Motor Vehicle – Unlawful Driving Away

Jackson’s Criminal History

Michigan Live reported Jackson’s criminal history,

  • Jackson received a sentenced for 9 1/2 years for assault, robbery, and attempted escape from police.
  • Jackson was prosecuted 10 times in Wayne County between the years 1990 and 1998. Those crimes included driving away a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer, and receiving stolen property.

What Grosse Pointe Chief David A. Hiller Had To Say

In a statement, the Grosse Pointe Chief of Police David A. Hiller said,

“The officers in this case arrested an extremely dangerous wanted felon who was armed with a hand gun,”

“They were required to utilize various techniques to affect the arrest.”

“Due to the totality of the circumstances we believe the actions of the officers in affecting the arrest proper.”

What Do You Think?

An investigation has been completed by the Michigan State Police for what the video showed the officers doing. That investigation has now been handed over to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office.

The real question is what do you think? Should Andrew Jackson Jr. be award 1 million dollars? Should the video be shown during his criminal trial? What should happen to the police officers who participated in the video?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.