CLEVELAND — U.S. Marshals say they were able to work with Mayor Frank Jackson on coordinating a surrender of his grandson, who is facing felony charges, for an alleged assault on his girlfriend.
U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott told Fox 8 he contacted Mayor Frank Jackson to discuss either having the Marshals track down his 22-year-old grandson Frank Q. Jackson or allowing him to surrender.
“The media was camped outside of his home so I thought the best way to handle it was to call and try and work something out,” Elliott said.
According to a Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority police report, Jackson is accused of punching, choking and hitting an 18-year-old woman with a metal truck hitch in June. Officials say the woman was his girlfriend.
Cleveland City prosecutors did not file charges after the victim decided she did not want to pursue the case.
Elliott said the mayor was cooperative and did not ask for anything.
“We were able to work it out. His grandson was taken into custody,” Elliott said.
Frank Q. Jackson, was indicted Wednesday on charges of felonious assault, abduction, and failure to comply with police, he was arrested around 9 Thursday evening.
He is expected to be arraigned on the charges Monday.
The county prosecutors, however, reviewed it earlier this week and then presented it to the grand jury.
The mayor has previously told the Fox 8 I-Team he does not interfere in his grandson’s cases.
A statement from the City of Cleveland Law Department says:
“The City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office reviews numerous misdemeanor and felony offenses on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for charging decisions. The Assistant Prosecutors in the office take this responsibility seriously. Every charging decision is made based on the facts and evidence presented to an Assistant Prosecutor by a presenting law enforcement official. The City Prosecutor’s Office does not receive, and has not received, any influence or interference by anyone in the Mayor’s Office on this or any other case. The Law Director is responsible for this office, but does not interfere with charging decisions, and did not do so in this case. The Law Department and the citizens of Cleveland rely on the experience and knowledge of its prosecuting attorneys to weigh and consider the evidence presented when making charging decisions. Assistant Prosecutors, like Aric Kinast who is a fine and upstanding professional who has served the citizens of Cleveland for 19 years, take their jobs very seriously. It is now clear that the matter at issue in the media was presented by a CMHA detective who failed to provide ALL the evidence related to this matter. When facts and evidence are withheld, such as the video released yesterday, an educated and informed decision cannot be made. Being a prosecutor is tough and is made tougher when facts and evidence are withheld or not properly presented. The City Prosecutor’s Office will continue honorably serving the citizens of Cleveland.”
The Cuyahoga County Housing Authority said Friday night, “We are aware of the statement and we are reviewing the facts and then will be able to provide you with a statement.”