Cleveland Mayor’s great-grandson appears in court on weapons charges (new video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - New surveillance video from a convenience store on Quincy avenue shows what prosecutors say is Mayor Frank Jackson’s great-grandson driving a car without a license, as shots are fired at an undercover officer.
Cleveland Mayor Jackson’s great-grandson appeared in court Tuesday related to the shooting and arrest last month on the city’s East side.
We are not identifying the 16-year-old or his 17-year-old passenger that went before Judge Kristin Sweeney Tuesday.
Police said shots were fired at an officer near E. 86th St. and Quincy Avenue on July 17th.
The judge asked us not to identify the gang-unit officers in this case for their safety.
Tuesday, Prosecutors also showed images of damage they say the gunshots did to the store.
Police body camera video shows an officer’s interaction with the mayor’s great grandson during a traffic stop shortly after the shooting.
Officers caught up with the car a few miles away.
While an officer was placing handcuffs on the mayor’s grandson, the passenger got out of the can and ran away on foot.
The runaway passenger was eventually caught and officers found a gun nearby on the ground.
Jackson’s great grandson tells officers he’s coming from his grandad’s house, and he then gave the mayor’s address.
Monday, a detective testified that the 17-year-old passenger admitted to shooting in the direction of the undercover officer.
However, the detective says Jackson’s great-grandson told him he did not fire any shots.
The 16-year-old said there was a third person in the car at the time, and that is who fired additional shots.
Prosecutors say they were not ever able to find a third person, or determine if there was one.
This new information comes after police towed a truck away from Mayor Jackson’s home last week.
Police say it’s registered to the Mayor’s adult grandson Frank Q. Jackson.
No charges have been filed against him, but we’re told the truck is evidence in a separate murder case.
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