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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany father got so outraged during his daughter's middle school softball game, police say he attacked a Dougherty County School police officer.

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 accept."

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 Thursday.

Michael Jackson was released from the Dougherty County jail today on 7 thousand dollars bond.

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