DALLAS COUNTY, Texas (CNN) – A north Texas father says “justice” has finally been served after a fight over a simple cell phone went before a judge.
A knock on the door at 2 in the morning and Ronald Jackson finds himself in handcuffs heading to jail. The reason, a cell phone. “I couldn’t believe they could go to this extent for a cell phone. It didn’t seem right,” said Jackson, the father.
Jackson says in 2013 when his daughter was 12 he discovered a text on her phone he found “rude” regarding another woman. So, he took it away. “I was being a parent. You know, a child does something wrong, you teach them what’s right. You tell them what they did wrong and you give them a punishment to show them they shouldn’t being doing that,” said Jackson.
However, when Jackson’s ex-wife found out whose spouse is a Grand Prairie police officer, the cops were called to get it back. Jackson refused. “I didn’t want to police department telling me how to parent my child. It made no sense to me for them to show up and make a big deal out of something that was a small thing,” said Jackson.
Jackson was given a citation and plenty of opportunity to hand over the phone according to police. A year and a half later though a warrant was issued and Jackson was charged with misdemeanor theft. Jackson said, “Why would you need to go arrest somebody for something like that? Don’t you have better things to do as a police officer? Aren’t there bigger crimes in the city to go take care of?”
A Dallas County judge ruled on Tuesday that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove theft had occurred and found Jackson not guilty. Jackson’s ex-wife said the phone was not his property to take in the first place. If he had just returned the phone from the beginning, his ex-wife said none of this would have happened.
However, apparently the judge disagreed, because Jackson also got to keep the confiscated phone.