(KMOV) – A man paid to uphold the law is now guilty of breaking it and News 4 questioned why he was allowed to be in law enforcement to begin with.
Andre Jackson, 41, served with the Brooklyn and Alorton Police Departments until he was convicted by a jury of felony domestic battery charge.
News 4 learned Jackson had several run-ins with the law well before the latest offense.
Jackson is an officer with a lengthy record including infractions, protection orders and a battery charge dating back to 1993. That charge was dismissed but now he’s been convicted of aggravated domestic batter for choking a woman.
“Has a badge has a gun; he was serving as law enforcement. And this is not an isolated incident as in terms to his domestic situation,” said St. Clair County State’s Attorney, Brendan Kelly.
According to Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson in December of 2012, a little more than a month after he was hired, a protection order was filed against Jackson by his ex-wife.
Tomlinson said that’s when he pulled Jackson off the street and stopped paying him because he could no longer carry a FOID card.
Weeks later, Jackson was arrested on the aggravated domestic battery charge for a separate incident with a different woman.
“Now he is a convicted felon, he will not be able to carry a gun. He will not be able to be a police officer,” said Kelly.
When asked how a person with a pattern of domestic violence became an officer in the first place, Kelly said, “Most departments do a very good job at vetting. I think we need to recognize just like people who serve in the military. Law enforcement can be exhausting, they can suffer from mental fatigue, they can be dealing with post traumatic stress, like most professions, and you can see some of that in their personal lives.”
Jackson is out on bond until his sentencing hearing which is scheduled for May 1. He faces three to five years in prison or could be given probation and not serve any jail time.