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Sergeant Robert Jackson

Dothan Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, January 31, 1978

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Reflections for Sergeant Robert Jackson

I hope and pray your cowardly killers are brought to justice one day or at least identified for some sort of closure for your loving family. They may not have been identified as of yet, but they will surely, if not already face a much higher justice and authority one day. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 31, 2021

Robert Jackson, he was my 3rd shift patrol fellow police officer, and friend. Robert, was assassinated by a 12 gauge sawed off double barrel's simultaneous blasting of double ought shot pellets into his upper torso at near point blank range in front of his wife and two small children. Robert, would survive just long enough for his wife to pick his head and shoulders up off the cold wet ground, holding him in her blood soaking lap and arms. Robert, in his fleeting moments ask that his wife turn him away from their children watching him as he died; his wife did so as she could tell by then he had died. Alabama Law Enforcement Police Narcotics Detective Sergeant Robert Jackson doing nothing more or less than his sworn duties in the upholding of laws himself became a victim because of him crossing that invisible line out of his side of town into an arena involving financial powers, political influences, and/or in your face out right corruptions. After burial, there were never any professional investigative measures to solve his case; why, because it was solved the morning of day he awoke, and went to work. Even the state's offered $10,000.00 reward was manipulated afterwards that the public would never have any knowledge of same. And even more troubling, with exception of a unique few, labeled as crazy nuts, etc. to discredit them, nobody in any official capacities has ever given a damn about this police officer, nor his widow and two children. Not one individual in their official capacities in local, state, and federal governments has even made a courtesy visit, a compassionate phone call, never sent any types of seasonal cards, or letters of condolences. I ask myself all to often, where else within these United States has such occurred, especially when involving a law enforcement officer, in the line of duty; has been required to beg for answers for way too long. "The Thin Blue Line".

Motorcycle Officer, Wykle Williams Jr
Former Fellow Officer and Friend, Dothan Police Department

August 2, 2020

I was recently made aware of this tragedy and having worked the same type of assignment in my career my thoughts turned toward reflecting upon the times of real and eminate danger. The thoughts seemed selfish, yet real. Then my thoughts were abruptly cast aside as I was stricken by the loss to Sgt. JACKSON'S family. I have faith that if mankind doesn't find the killer(s), no matter whom, that God will. God bless the Jackson family.

Thom J Thielman Retired Detective
West Des Moines, Iowa Police Department

January 29, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Jackson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 23, 2019

Remembering you today and always.

John C. Turner
Mobile, Al.

January 31, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 31, 2012

Sgt. Jackson,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dothan. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 31, 2012


Pat Van Den Berghe

January 22, 2008

You are gone from this earth but not forgotten by those who knew and respected you. For those who are left at the Dothan Police dept, may you never give up on finding this killer or killers.

Signed- A former partner

Officer Dale Mack
Leon county Sheriff's dept

July 26, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

July 11, 2007

We pause to honor the memory of Sergeant Jackson and to acknowledge his ultimate sacrifice.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his surviving family members. May God comfort and keep each of you.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery Police Dept. - Montgomery, AL

February 8, 2007

Always remembered and honored for your supreme sacrifice.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 13, 2007

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Jackson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2006

Rest in Peace,Sir.The penalty will be paid, The Lord will see justice done.

January 31, 2006

The great thing about God's justice is that the cowardly assasin of this Police Officer will have to face not only God the Creator and Giver of Life, but also this officer again on that fateful day... and the many victims of his drug dealing...

~~~Eternally and Always~~~

I didn't get to say goodbye
You're gone without a reason why
I've loved you all of my life
and then you weren't there

I didn't get a chance to say
how much I cared
I can't even remember the tears
that I cried
All I really wanted was to tell you

When I last saw you I felt I wouldn't
see you again
There was a distance between us
that I couldn't explain
You wouldn't look
at me but I could see the tears
in your eyes
If you knew then
You should have told me
Then I could have said

So many words left unspoken
So many hearts left so broken
My love for you is forever
And that will never die
We'll be together always
Our souls are one with God
Eternally and Always
I'll never have to say


February 10, 2005

Sergeant Jackson, I honor you, your name, your memory and for the ultimate sacrifice you made protecting the citizens of the great State of Alabama and our nation.

Fellow officers in Dothan and throughout Alabama . . . I've met you, trained the members of your department and officers of surrounding communities . . . I know how loyal you are to one another . . . I beg you, continue to pursue this case with tenacity . . . put ads in the paper, bill boards . . . contact "America's Most Wanted . . . ask every traffic violator you pull over . . . find them . . . you and I know they've told "somebody," and I know you'll catch them. Stay safe! With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

October 27, 2004

man may never find the killers but God will ......and that is a fact!!!!

September 6, 2004

I believe that the ruthless criminal responsible for this murder will one day be brought to justice and sentenced to the most severe penalty. The members of the Dothan Police Department and surrounding Police Departments should continue a tireless effort to find this Officer's killer and bring him to justice! Come on least one of those mutts getting arrested knows about this.....go get em........!!!!!

Sgt. Jackson, your service to your community is appreciated by all of us. May God bless you and the survivors of your family. Rest in peace brother.......

Pennsylvania State Police

October 24, 2003

My heart is saddened to know that you had died in such a tragic way. I pray that God brings your murderer(s) to justice that your family may rest in peace. May the people of Dothan and the state of Alabama not forget the service you did for them. You fought for justice in an era when young black men were searching for hope and justice. May God keep your family as you eternally rest.


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