Community Activist Arrested After Pointing Gun At Man And Baby

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -Local Community Activist Darnell Jackson is speaking out about his Monday arrest. Buffalo Police responded to a gun call at his Barthel Street home around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Police say 24-year-old Brandon Barker went to Jackson's home to collect money he was owed. The two then began arguing, and the 24-year-old man claims Jackson then retrieved a loaded shotgun from his home, threatened him and pointed the shotgun at him while he was holding his one year old son. Jackson had hired Barker to do odd jobs around his properties and claims the 24-year-old was the aggressor, punching Jackson several times, smashing his door and becoming irate when Jackson made a comment about young parents.

"I pulled a gun out in my home because I'm thinking he's coming through the door," said Jackson. "I tried to turn his life around since he's trying to be a young father, but he still has this gang mentality and doesn't want to let it go."

Jackson, a former gang member himself, is an outspoken community activist. He's best known for getting the City Grill shooter, Riccardo McCray, to surrender to authorities. Barker could not be reached for comment today. Jackson is claiming his actions were all in self defense. The 54-year-old was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Jackson says he plans on suing the mayor, several Buffalo City Court Judges and the arresting officers for civil rights violations. He has no plans to continue his work with the community, citing corruption within the police department and Buffalo City hall. Jackson also plans to leave Buffalo and move into a surrounding community.

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