Bakersfield NAACP President Charged with Spousal Abuse

On Wednesday, Bakersfield NAACP President Patrick Wayne Jackson was charged with a felony for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, according to ABC 23.

The felony charge derived from a fight on August 9 that Jackson had with his wife at the Bakersfield NAACP offices. Jaya Jackson, who is separated from Patrick Jackson, told the Bakersfield Californian that she had informed her husband, from whom she was separated, that she would stop by with their four children at the NAACP office where he was residing.

When he didn’t answer the door, she found a key, and entered, taping his mistress with her cellphone. According to the Californian, he said, “There he was with that, um, female. She was trying to cover up and hide under a chair…and it escalated from there.” Jaya Jackson attested that her husband then knocked out her front teeth and used a chokehold, then ran away with her phone to dispose of the footage..

Wesley Crawford Sr., a local minister, told the Californian that people in the community knew Jaya Jackson had been abused by her husband prior to the NAACP office incident, but no one would interfere. He said, “This woman reached out to black people…and they ignored her cries.”

Bakersfield Now reported that Jackson will be arraigned on Friday; his bail has been set at $50,000.

 

 


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