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Body cam released of investigation at Cleveland mayor’s house


Evan MacDonald
Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland

The Cleveland police department released body camera video showing the moments when after officers arrived at Mayor Frank Jackson’s home as part of an investigation into a deadly shooting.

Officers went to the mayor’s home Aug. 28 after a 2006 Volkswagen Passat registered to his grandson, Frank Q. Jackson, was spotted speeding away from the scene of a deadly shooting on the city’s West Side.

No arrests have been made in connection with the homicide.

Multiple law enforcement sources previously told cleveland.com that officers turned off their body cameras while they were at the mayor’s home. The police department previously declined to release any video from the incident in response to public records requests from multiple media outlets.

The five videos released Friday total a combined 11 minutes. They are taken from multiple officers’ body cameras.

The longest video, at nearly five minutes, does not include audio for the first 30 seconds. Body cameras are always recording 30-second increments of video without audio in case an officer needs to activate it. The audio cuts in as an officer says “if you have one, turn it on,” likely in reference to a body camera.

One officer says in the video that they are looking for “Q.,” an apparent reference to Frank Q. Jackson.

“Hey, Q’s at the mayor’s house right now. He just pulled up. Gomez asked us to detain him, so we’re gonna go up to the door and try to grab him,” the officer says.

The officer also calls for backup.

“I could use another car over here. Quietly,” he says in the video.

Another officer’s body camera recorded himself at the door of Jackson’s home, telling a woman they’re investigating a “situation.” The woman asks “with who?” before the video cuts off.

The officers noticed someone is still in the truck. They ask the occupant, later identified as a teenage boy, to step out before they searched and detained him. One officer said they do not need the boy’s consent for the search because they are there looking into a “situation.”

“I would not come to the mayor’s house and cause a disturbance unless I had good reason,” the officer says.

The edited videos blur the faces of the officers, a teen boy found in the truck and several license plates. It also blacks out the interior of Jackson’s home.

No one has been charged in the Aug. 28 killing of Antonio Parra. Two gunmen shot and killed the 30-year-old man outside a barbershop on Clark Avenue near West 51st Street, police said.

Witnesses told investigators they watched a car registered to Frank Q. Jackson speed away from the scene with the shooters inside. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley subsequently named Frank Q. Jackson as a “leading suspect” in the case.

Cleveland.com previously reported a series of anomalies in the investigation, specifically that officers’ body cameras were turned off when they went to the mayor’s home. Investigators also acquiesced when Jackson told them that his grandson would not give a statement until the next morning when his attorney was available.

Jackson released a recorded statement after the incident, denying any involvement or interference in the investigation involving his grandson.

The anomalies led O’Malley to publicly call for the city to ask an outside investigating agency to handle the rest of the case. Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams declined to do so.

Parra’s mother has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Jackson and Williams, accusing them of impropriety in criminal cases that preceded her son’s death.

O’Malley’s office later indicted Frank Q. Jackson in a separate case in which he was accused of beating an 18-year-old woman. Frank Q. Jackson pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to a misdemeanor assault charge and received a sentence of 18 months on probation.


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