A 59-year-old transient man will serve four months in jail after assaulting an Olympia police officer in a bid to get arrested.
Amos A. Jackson pleaded guilty to third-degree assault Friday afternoon in Thurston County Superior Court before Judge Anne Hirsch.
Jackson was initially charged with felony harassment and third-degree assault, but he pleaded guilty to the assault charge as part of a plea deal.
Office of Assigned Counsel attorney Larry Jefferson, who represented Jackson, described the events leading to Jackson’s arrest as a “strange incident.” He said that his client had been trying to get arrested.
An Olympia officer contacted Jackson on Feb. 7 after he called 911 from the Olympia Transit Center and said he wanted to turn himself in on a Lacey Police Department warrant, according to court documents. Jackson had called 911 several times and said he was going to “kill everyone” if law enforcement didn’t respond.
The officer found Jackson sitting on a bench at the transit center, holding a bottle of vodka. The officer asked him to put down the bottle because it’s illegal to drink in public. Jackson took a drink from the bottle then put it down, according to court documents.
When the officer picked it up, Jackson said, “You better give it back or I will kick your (expletive). I have AIDS and I will bite you.” He lunged toward the officer.
A second Olympia officer tried to detain Jackson, but Jackson struggled to hit him, according to court documents.
The officers were eventually able to arrest Jackson.
During the hearing, Jackson apologized for his actions. “I’m very sorry that this happened, I’m very sorry that this happened,” he said.