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Salisbury City Councilwoman Charged with Assault

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson has been charged with assault following an alleged fight at Billy Gene Jackson Park last weekend.


Jarenea Mitchell said you can still see where Jackson allegedly bit her on Saturday.


Both Mitchell and Jackson have been charged with second-degree assault following the incident that occurred during the 14th annual Day in the Park event. 


Mitchell said she was trying to push her way through a crowd when Jackson grabbed and ripped her shirt.


Mitchell said as Jackson had a grip on her, she was pushing Jackson's face to make her let go. Mitchell claims that after that Jackson punched her in her right eye and bit her.


However, Jackson said Mitchell's story is all lies.


Jackson is also the great-grandmother of Mitchell's 2-year-old son JaRhai. Saturday's event was something Mitchell was happy to bring her son to, but she said it quickly turned violent. 

"It was something unnecessary, something that could've been avoided, something that didn't have to happen," Mitchell said. "It was something that you all wanted to happen because there were a lot of people out there and a lot of people came to support you on your 14th annual Day in the Park, that they were going to be on your side. But right is right and wrong is wrong."


Mitchell's grandmother, Josephine Johnson said, " A day in the park is a day in the park. [Jackson] has no right - because my granddaughter was at the park - to put hands on her or to say you have to leave. You are not the law."


Johnson said Jackson should no longer serve on the Salisbury City Council. 

"She deserves to be fired, completely fired from that job because she's not showing what she's supposed to be showing in the world, in the community," Johnson said. "She's supposed to be showing leadership, she's not showing leadership. She's being a thug in the streets. I'm sorry but that's how I feel."


Jackson said she is going to let this go through the court system.

"I am innocent," she said. 




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