Does Sheriff Jackson deserve a promotion?
Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson has kicked off his campaign for county executive against an unfortunate backdrop: the videotaped beating of a University of Maryland student in College Park by police. If I were still a resident of my native county, I would be concerned that a county police department under Jackson would not do what is needed to prevent such actions in the future.
In fairness, this incident did not involved sheriff’s deputies. But what worries me is that this is the same sheriff who two years ago defended the shooting of two dogs owned by Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo in what has been clearly shown to have been a botched SWAT raid. Calvo has said electing Jackson "would be an embarrassment."
And speaking of embarrassments: Last year, the General Assembly took it upon itself to pass legislation in response to the incident, requiring SWAT team activities be reported to the attorney general.
That was not the first time Jackson and his management of the sheriff’s office had come into question in a high-profile incident. There was also the Greenbelt woman who was pepper-sprayed by deputies. In 2009 a jury award her $261,000 in the lawsuit that followed.
The question for voters will be: Does Jackson really deserve a promotion?
Washington Post editors
| April 23, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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