Sheriff releases statement after Caldwell officer accused of misconduct

Published: May. 24, 2019 at 8:03 PM CDT
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Hours after authorities announced a Caldwell police officer was accused of misconduct with a former jail inmate, the Burleson County Sheriff released a statement saying the man's family has his full sympathy.

Caldwell Police Chief Charles Barnes on Friday confirmed a city officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged misconduct involving Chester "CJ" Jackson, Jr., the Somerville man who remains in critical but improving condition at a hospital.

This news came four days after the chief claims he first learned of the alleged misconduct involving one of his own officers, although his arrest occurred more than a month ago.

It's also worth noting these important developments didn't come to light until the Friday evening of a holiday weekend when news viewership is lower than normal.

Jackson, 30, was arrested on April 19 on a public intoxication charge outside his home by a Burleson County deputy, according to his family and attorney. They also say authorities have been unable to provide records or documents related to his arrest.

It's unclear at what point a Caldwell police officer may have come in contact with Jackson.

His family says Jackson was released on April 20, but remained detained in the jail because he was acting in a "dangerous" manner.

On Monday, April 22, his family learned he was in the hospital on life support. The sheriff's office confirmed to KBTX it was one of their own deputies who transported Jackson from the jail to the medical facility in Austin, but details on what led up to his condition remain uncleared.

This is the full statement from Sheriff Thomas Norsworthy:
The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to doing what is right, legal and ethical. Mr. Chester Jackson and his family have our full sympathy. Since our first contact with Mr. Jackson in 2013, we have held Mr. Jackson’s safety and well-being in highest regard as we would for any member of the community. The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office is committed to conducting a full and complete investigation into the actions and circumstances that have resulted in the current condition of Mr. Jackson, and to keeping Mr. Jackson’s family informed. At the conclusion of this investigation, all of our information will be made available to Mr. Jackson’s family and the community as appropriate.