Cleveland mayor’s grandson Frank Q. Jackson pleads not guilty to assault charges

CMHA Police deny withholding evidence from city prosecutor in Frank Q. Jackson felony assault case

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson appeared in court on a felony indictment by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

He was placed on a $25,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or witnesses.

The Cuyahoga County Jail confirmed to 19 News that the 22-year-old was booked into custody on Thursday night after being indicted by Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Wednesday for charges that include felonious assault, abduction, and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

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Jackson was indicted by Cuyahoga County after Cleveland prosecutors did not pursue charges for the June 10 incident.

Mayor Jackson’s grandson is accused of punching an 18-year-old woman, strangling her “profusely,” and dragging her through the grass by her hair.

Frank Q. Jackson, grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, is accused of punching an 18-year-old woman, strangling her "profusely," and dragging her through the grass by her hair.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Police said the victim was “so scared” and feared that Jackson’s family would retaliate for speaking with investigators. The victim stated that her neck was swollen and she had abrasions above her eye, to her legs and on her elbow.

Attorney Susan Moran, who is not involved directly in this case, spoke to 19 News about the abnormality of the legal situation.

Moran said it is unusual that a case of this kind would not be prosecuted.

“We have independent witnesses who came forward and testified to what they perceived as a crime, we have police that observed a criminal conduct and failure to comply, running from police officers," said Moran. "In my experience, those cases are always prosecuted.”

Moran also noted that there are still some details missing, specifically Frank Q. Jackson’s side of the story.

“As a defense attorney, I suppose I should always say that as a caveat, there are things we don’t know. I would like to see what that is,” Moran said.

City lawyers have not released information about why they decided not to prosecute this case.

Digging deeper

19 News asked the question: “Why was Frank Q Jackson arrested at a neighbor’s home and not at his own home where he lives with his grandfather?“ Pete Elliot with the US Marshal’s Office told 19 News he called the mayor in attempt to safely take his grandson into custody because the media was outside waiting. Elliot claims there was no preferential treatment. Elliot said, “I know that’s what people want to think or believe but anytime we can get someone to peacefully surrender, we always do that.”

We also asked why Jackson’s arraignment date moved up to Monday morning. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office says there has been no preferential treatment in this case and when a defendant is in custody, they’re typically arraigned within two to three days.

Jackson’s pre-trial is scheduled for Sept. 16.

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