Marcus Jackson to be released from prison this week

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When Marcus Jackson leaves his prison near the Outer Banks, he will be given a change of street clothes and not much else.

The former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer was convicted two years ago of several crimes relating to sexual battery. Jackson groped and molested several women and mistreated two men during traffic stops on the job.

His release from prison means the legal process surrounding a civil lawsuit in federal court will likely speed up.

"It is one of the most cut and dry cases you could have," said attorney Brad Smith. His firm, Arnold and Smith, represents the two victims named in the civil lawsuit. Both women say they were groped when Jackson pulled over their car in December of 2009.

The city has paid nearly $700,000 to settle all the other lawsuits involving Jackson's victims. Smith's case is the last one and he said they are prepared for a trial next year.

"We have not been offered something that I think anybody would say is reasonable," said Smith.

It appears the city is preparing for an expensive fight.

The city has hired high-profile attorney Jim Cooney to work represent Chief Rodney Monroe. Keith Richardson, assistant director of city communications, said it's not unusual to hire outside their regular city staff attorneys when an employee or officer is also sued as an individual.

He said Cooney would be compensated through the city's risk fund. Cooney recently represented former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Monroe was accused of personally intervening to keep Jackson from being fired after Jackson allegedly lied about how fast he was going in an accident with a squad car.

The Chief is also accused of intervening after Jackson allegedly broke down his estranged wife's door.

The lawsuit says CMPD also failed to investigate a 2003 domestic violence order against Jackson and failed to find another one from 2005 during a background check.

The lawsuit claims the city was negligent in hiring, retaining, and supervising Jackson.

When he is released from prison, Jackson will have to check in with his probation officer for nine months in Mecklenburg County.

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