An Albany father got so outraged during his daughter's middle school
softball game, police say he attacked a Dougherty County School police
Athletic officials say 46 year old former Marine Michael
Jackson's daughter plays for the Merry Acres Middle School softball
team. During their game versus Southside at the Highland Softball Park
Wednesday afternoon, he was shouting at Coach Angela Johnson from the
stands, as well as texting her.
It became so abusive that
Dougherty County Schools Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks asked
Jackson to leave. When he refused, Dougherty County School Police Sgt.
Derra Salter was called to remove him.
"Mr. Jackson grabbed Sgt.
Salter around the neck. Grabbed her around the neck and shove her back
into some shrubbery that's there at the ballpark," said Dougherty County
School Police Chief Troy Conley.
Sgt. Salter suffered bruises
and scratches. The game stopped as the teams and stunned spectators
looked on as other officers rushed in.
"There was a brief
struggle," said Conley. "Just so happens there were two other officers,
school police officers there, at the location. They went over to render
assistance to Sgt. Salter."
Jackson was charged with felony
obstruction of an officer and disorderly conduct. Athletic officials say
they have seen incidents like this before, and they are why school
police officers attend every athletic event.
"We want our
spectators to feel safe when they come into an environment," said
Dougherty County Schools Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks. "We want
our student athletes and our coaches to feel safe. Anytime we get a
threat toward either one of those, that's an action that we won't
Jackson has now been banned from any Dougherty County
school athletic event. The length of his ban will be determined later.
More charges could be filed against him.
The game did stop during
the struggle and arrest, but athletic officials say it resumed after
just a few minutes and was completed. Sgt. Salter was back on duty
Michael Jackson was released from the Dougherty County jail today on 7 thousand dollars bond.