Community Activist Charged Over Facebook Message

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo community activist Darnell Jackson is hospitalized and guarded by police after being charged with aggravated harassment.

Jackson, 55, an active east side community leader is accused of what are considered threatening comments to a sitting Judge.

The comments, "revenge is a mother," and God don't like ugly" were sent in a private Facebook message to Buffalo City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres.

The Judge is not at liberty to comment on the matter.

Jackson's lawyer Scott Lupiani told 2 On Your Side, "the statute requires an intent element, of, to either harass, annoy threaten or alarm and that has to be the intent of the person who gave the communication. There are two types, either communication or physical and clearly I think in this case if it really is about some kind of a Facebook issue or message, that it's communication."

Jackson was arrested on Wednesday by Buffalo Police. While in custody he complained of stomach pains and was taken to ECMC. He was arraigned at the hospital Thursday afternoon. "There is no outstanding warrant for Mr. Jackson, there's no reason to have him in custody. I would have expected for him to have been given an appearance ticket."

Darnell Jackson is being held on $10,000 bail.

Jackson was before Judge Calvo-Torres in September, according to his lawyer. The case was dismissed in October.

Jackson is a former gang member who has been working as a community activist to help young people steer away from crime. He has run for Mayor of Buffalo.


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