Sacramento, CA – Dunno if any of you remember the story we posted about back in February regarding some mourners attacking a Fox40 news crew, but there has been an update to the story. No charges will be filed.
Back in February, FOX40 reporter John Lobertini and photographer Rebecca Little, were with other news crews at an IHOP parking lot were 27-year-old Chester Jackson had been shot to death earlier that day. Lobertini and Little got into a confrontation with friends and family of the victim who had gathered there when they began trying to interview some of them.
Video shows the father of the victim, 57-year-old Chester Jackson III, pushing Little’s camera away before a woman pulls Little to the ground. Jacqueline Jackson, the sister of the victim, then kicks Little while she’s on the ground, and Chester Jackson throws a punch at Lobertini.
The DA’s office stated their decision not to press charges against Jackson were because “his actions do not rise to the level of a prosecutable case for assault or battery and certainly not attempted robbery.” Fair enough. They are probably right in his case. I doubt a jury would convict a grieving father for throwing a punch at an intrusive news reporter.
But the sister? The DA made a similar statement acknowledging that “her conduct clearly falls outside the bounds of acceptable behavior, is highly offensive, and technically qualifies as a misdemeanor assault or battery.” But again, they feel charges are unwarranted when the “emotions, anger, and frustrations that surely accompanied the very recent murder of her brother” are taken into consideration.
Here’s some raw video of the incident.
I don’t know what’s more offensive; that people condone the behavior displayed by the family or that Lobertini and Little had to go through physical therapy after the incident. BTW, I tried to find out if they ever named or charged anyone in connection with Jackson’s murder, but after six pages of nothing but this incident coming up, I quit.Tags: assault and battery, California, Chester Jackson, Crime, John Lobertini, News, Rebecca Little