Now we know why the city of Charlotte did not want the 911 tapes of former CMPD officer Marcus Jackson’s traffic stops released. They show that CMPD supervisors were in contact with Jackson during several of the stops during which he is alleged to have sexually assaulted the women he stopped.

When twinned with information in Jackson’s personnel file regarding his suspensions, the revelation that CMPD supervisors knew about Jackson’s pattern of behavior — stopping women for specious reasons and seeking to arrest them — might make the city and CMPD a juicy target for lawsuits from Jackson’s alleged victims. This is why all eyes will now turn to that personnel file for clues as to what CMPD knew when about Jackson and if an effort to dismiss him from the force was thwarted.