- A viral video once again making the rounds on social media shows the October arrest of Corey ‘Lil C Note’ Jackson
- Police claim Jackson had been told he could not sell CDs at the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta Georgia
- Jackson claims he was not selling CDs on the day of the arrest and plans on going to trial if necessary
A video once again making its rounds on social media shows 12-year-old Corey Jackson — better known by his rap name Lil C Note — being arrested in Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Georgia for allegedly selling CDs inside the mall.
The video was filmed on October 6. It begins with an officer holding Jackson by the arm and telling him to stop. After saying Jackson’s age, he tells the boy he is going to go to jail. His aunt who was recording the incident and can be heard arguing with the officer. By the end of the video, both Jackson and his aunt were taken into custody.
According to police, Jackson was previously told twice not to sell CDs inside the mall. The officer initially approached Jackson for allegedly selling CDs, an accusation the young rapper disputes. Jackson was arrested and charged with felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction, and criminal trespassing, while his aunt was hit with felony obstruction, giving false ID, criminal trespassing, and misdemeanor obstruction charges.
The video sparked outrage on social media and recently even rapper T.I. publicly showed support for Jackson. Despite the video bringing backlash and claims of excessive force, the unnamed officer remained on active duty. Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register appeared to support his officer’s decision during the initial aftermath.
I think that it is up to the officer, his discretion, on what transpired there. I think ultimately that all the officer can do with either a juvenile or an adult is make the charges they think are appropriate. Both individuals, both the juvenile and the adult, will have their day in court. The juvenile was not taken into custody. The juvenile was released to the father, who was on the premises, on a juvenile complaint form.
In a statement to CBS46, Jackson’s attorney Gerald Griggs said the incident was “disheartening.” Griggs not only wants the charges dropped, but he also was calling for the officer to be charged. Jackson appeared in court last week. It was reported that if the charges are not thrown out they would be going to trial.
We believe the officer was careless in the handling of this young boy.
He is only 12 years old. At the time of the arrest, there was no probable cause that my client had committed a crime. In fact, the officer detained Corey while attempting to find probable cause. The Fourth Amendment provides individuals, such as Mr. Jackson, the protection by law against ‘unreasonable searches and seizures.’ An arrest is a seizure.