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Grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson indicted on felony charges in connection with high-speed chase in Parma

He is accused of assaulting an officer and fleeing police.
Credit: Parma Police Department
Frank Q. Jackson booking photo.

CLEVELAND — The grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has been indicted in connection with a high-speed chase involving Parma police last month.

Frank Q. Jackson is charged with felonious assault and failure to comply, both felonies. The 24-year-old is accused of "knowingly caus[ing] or attempt[ing] to cause physical harm to [Officer] Matthew Midlin by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance."

During the early morning hours of Jan. 24, authorities pulled Jackson over on State Road for having tinted windows and spoke with him, asking him to step out of his 2008 Saturn. Body cam video from the scene shows Jackson refusing while officers try to pull him out, at which time Jackson sped off and dragged Officer Midlin along with him.

The cops chased Jackson at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour, but lost him on Interstate 90. He later turned himself in at 2:55 a.m. and was issued a $50,000 bond. Officer Midlin did not suffer any injuries.

Credit: Parma Police Department
Frank Q. Jackson booking photo.

Prior to the incident in Parma, Jackson had a warrant out for his arrest in Cleveland that alleged he hit the mother of his child multiple times in the head last December. No formal charges have been filed in that case at this time.

Jackson has had numerous run-ins with law enforcement in the past, including accusations of abducting and assaulting a woman in 2019 that later saw him plead guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge and earn 18 months of probation. Mayor Jackson has come under scrutiny for his grandson's many misdeeds, but has consistently denied interfering in any of the criminal investigations.

A court date for the younger Jackson has not been set. Should he be convicted, he could face more than a decade in prison.