Thursday, October 12th, 2006 at 12:50 am  |  40 responses

Stephen Jackson and the Police Report

The details are out, and they ain’t pretty…

by Lang Whitaker

Yesterday in Indianapolis, Stephen Jackson was charged for his part in the strip club/gunshot mess from earlier in the week. With these charges, the police also released the police report for the entire incident, which the Indy Star has posted on their website here. They also have the audio of the 911 call that started the whole thing, which is worth listening to if only to hear the woman who called the report in describe Stephen Jackson as being “at least six feet tall.” You think?

Anyway, I spent the last hour combing through the police report. Below is the Cliff’s Note version of the police report.

1) Page One really just sets the scene. It also reminded me that had Stephen Jackson not fired a gun into the air five times, the police probably wouldn’t have been called — they were only there to respond to a call that someone was shooting a gun into the air. So without the gunshots, there’s a good chance we never even would have heard about all of this. Which makes me wonder: How much other stuff goes on that we never even hear about?

2) Jimmie Hunter was rolling with Stephen Jackson that night. (Trying to get in good with the vets?) Jamaal Tinsley was in a black SUV with someone else that hasn’t been identified.

3) Stephen Jackson “immediately” told the cops he had fired the shots and that he had a handgun with a valid Indiana license.

4) Jamaal Tinsley told the police that he had a gun in his car. He gave an officer the keys to his car and told the police that they could retrieve the gun. And wouldn’t you know it? While getting out the gun, and officer found a bag of “suspected” marijuana in the door’s pocket.

6) They also mention stopping Marquis Daniels in a white Bentley, but that’s the only time he’s mentioned.

7) One of the detectives talked to a guy who works in the club. This guy says there wasn’t any altercation inside the club, but there was a fight in the back parking lot. This dutiful employee tried to break it up but it “escalated.” He ends his appearance in the police report by saying he heard an engine, a thump and then observed a tall black male on the ground. “He then heard gunshots.”

8) Ah, Stephen Jackson himself. They read him his rights, he waived them. He agreed that nothing happened inside the club, but allows that the person who ran him over with the car might have “felt disrespected” because the Pacers crew ignored the driver while they were in the club. SJ left the club with Snap Hunter.

9) Here’s where it gets all surreal. Jackson says outside the club he was approached by “a small black male with a handicapped short arm.” This guy had one hand “in the back of his pants.” (The police don’t clarify, but I’m assuming it wasn’t his “handicapped short arm” behind him.) Weirder, SJ tells the police this little guy was yelling, “Dump!” over and over. Jackson thought this meant to shoot, and he started yelling back at the guy, and somehow this escalated until SJ got punched in the mouth by a “short stocky” guy. But isn’t everyone going to be short to Stephen Jackson?

10) Jackson says he had his handgun on him while all of this was happening, but he never mentions having gone to his car. So was he strapped the entire night?

11) Jackson and the short stocky guy fight. Then the guy hops into a car and drives it at Stephen, “which threw him over the vehicle and onto the ground.” He squeezed off four or five shots, Snap Hunter helped him up and then Snap threw the gun into SJ’s car.

12) The police interview Tinsley. His first name is spelled “Jamall” throughout the document. Not a lot of Pacers fans in the police department.

13) JT says they were in the club and someone ordered them drinks, but he doesn’t say who. Then, and this might be my favorite sentence of the year, “a black male with handcappied short arms started yelling about being a pimp and saying none of the Pacers have $500.”

14) No, I don’t know what “handcappied short arms” are either.

15) Tinsley says there was beef with the short guy and the stocky guy inside the club, because those two guys were causing problems with the dancers the Pacers had paid for. Tinsley agrees that the short guy was yelling out in the parking lot and had his hand in his waistband. He heard the gunshots but didn’t know where they came from.

16) Snap Hunter, your turn. He tells the exact same story as Jackson, and adds that he saw Jackson get hit by the car. Next!

17) Marquise Daniels was actually parked across the street from the other guys, and from across the street he saw a fight broke out and he saw Jackson get hit by the car. He was, however, “unsure if he heard any gunshots.” That’s it for Marquise Daniels — he’s never mentoined again.
18) Next comes the club’s DJ, who’s story is slightly different: He heard gunshots and came to the front door, where he “observed a handicapped black man being thrown to the ground and kicked.” He then saw Jackson get hit by the car and then heard more gunshots after that.

19) The police found a few bullets and tire marks, and the club’s video apparently shows Jackson being thrown from the car after being hit. That’s gotta hit YouTube soon.

20) After all this they take another statement from Jackson and this time they taped it. Jackson tells the same story again, this time slipping in that he did run to his car and grap his gun before the fight started. The fight started, and he now says he never got punched. He does allow that “he did kick the male with the handicapped arm when he was on the ground.” Man.

21) Jackson said he fired a gun into the air a few times to break up the fight, he got run over by the car, and then he fired a few more times.

22) I really like that Stephen was able to describe the car by one important detail: It had 26-inch wheels. He’s sure of that.

23) One day later they take statements from Daniels, Hunter, Tinsley and Tinsley’s friend. Guess who says the marijuana belongs to him. Go ahead…take a guess…right! The one guy who isn’t an NBA player. Sure is lucky for those guys. Whew!

24) Two days later, the police got a tip that the two suspects were in an apartment complex. They go over there and catch the guys, who turn out to be cousins, both with the last name Willford. The cops take ‘em in.

25) The guy they call Dino, who must be the stocky one, tells his side. He says nothing happened in the club, and then once they were outside all the Pacers Crew surrounded his cousin (who must be the guy with the handicapped arm). He says he saw the Pacers crew beating up his cousin, then heard gunshots. He jumped in his car and on the way out drove over the guy who was firing the gun. Apparently he left his cousin there to get beat up.

26) His cousin, who appears to be the guy with the handicapped arm, goes next. This must be Fingers. Fingers says he was leaving the club and trying to talk to a woman when Stephen Jackson came up to him and started yelling at him and waiving a gun around. He then fired into the air. Next thing Fingers knew, a bunch of guys had him on the ground and were kicking him. He looked up and saw Dino driving away. (Thanks, cuz.) He then — and this is great — says he got up and walked over to a pay phone, where he called a cab. Just like that it was over?

27) And that’s about it for the police report. They mention going to Dino’s Mom’s house and impounding the car, and then it ends.

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  • http://slamonline.com marcel mutoni

    hey, that sounds a lot like my weekend!

  • Will Lee

    great if Artest is in town!!! SJ is going to pull a Rodmanesque career!!!!!

  • MD Shuai

    Why wait till the weekend? I do that much before breakfast everyday. There’s never enough time in the day to beat up guys with hancappied arms and shoot off guns. Wooyeah!

  • Froggiestyle

    Wow Lang, you outdid yourself. When does the miniseries come to HBO/Showtime? “Don’t call it a Posse!” or “Hoops Crew” – yeeauh, that’s how we ball, that’s how we roll.

  • FLUD

    In my mind…. the whole thing was shot like R Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the closet’… But SJ sings like the Randy Jackson cahracter in Coming to America. Imagine it that way.. I’m in stitches laughin’.

    Respect Lang for reading through the legal malarky and boring bits.

  • Boing Dynasty

    S Jack rasies guns like Bay Bay’s kids.

  • H to the izzo

    Will somebody please find out what handicapped short arms are and I can’t see too many technicals being called against the Pacers this year cause’ you know there packin’ heat.

  • MLfooey

    you can save 15% or more on your car insurance by switching to Geico.

  • Bryant Reeves

    It wasn’t me, it was the one-armed man.

  • kdubb

    hahaha. good call FLUD! it’s totally like Trapped in the Closet – only it wasn’t midget. It was a guy with a handicapped arm…arm…arm…

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Hilarious. Now we need SJ to switch to number 12.

  • albie1kenobi

    this is turning out to be even better than before. i wonder if any dust pan was involved this time. i keep thinking Tinsley is Donnell Rawlings.

  • Shiz

    I love that dude just picks himself up and goes and uses a pay phone after getting monkey stomped…
    I got no pity for lefty or whatever arm is the good one. Talkin wreckless shit gets ya mouth stomped, but as I’ve said before, NBA guys are marked targets now, both by schemin women and hatin ass dudes…I mean that dude that wanted to sue Jordan needs a good monkey stompin and all these “sexually” inappropriate charges against dudes are becoming so common place its more instinctual to question the woman first and almost exclusively.

    It just sucks for SJ. It always seems to happen this way. A dude is on probation tryin to be a good citizen and then some shit breaks out and drags him back into the drama.

    Tinsley NEEDS TO STAY AT HOME. He’s always in the middle of SOME shit, but never his own beef. He’s the little kid who’s mother tracks him down hangin with the wrong kids and whups his ass all the way home like “I…done… told..you…about..hangin..with them hooligans!” The “…” is usually filled in by the crisp sound of a nice leather belt bein applied to a hardheaded ass.

    And to Stephen, next time just walk away…your legal appearances are escalatin dog… I know ya paper kinda long, but not that long. Jayson Williams had long paper and they goin after him AGAIN…So, to say that high profile (especially infamous) athletes are a target nowadays is beyond obvious…you need to think before you react…Okay, so dude with the midget arm dissed you. He’s broke…and got a midget arm…Stephen needs to learn which battles are worth fighting, cuz this one sure wasn’t…

    And another question: Why don’t they just do it high profile style? Go to the Gentlemen’s Club or whatever not the “Salt Shaker” (just made that name up, but if one pops up in ya area, you already know who involved). go to places the broke, hatin ass masses can’t get into…

    Stayin true to your culture and your background is one thing, but its foolish to place yourself in a position where you would even need a gun…If I made millions to play ball, ya best believe that you’ll never see me out, but monday you WILL hear about the slammin ass weekend parties I throw.

    You gotta take a page from A.I.’s book and keep a low pro…NBA dudes think they got street cred like Rich Porter or somethin…

  • Chris

    Shiz, that’s gotta be a new one encouraging athletes to take a page from A.I.’s book. Who’d a thought we’d ever see the day when A.I. become the model for off court behavior

  • Steve

    Any chance the guy with the handicapped short arms is Kevin Willis?

  • Chris O’Leary

    Steve, I almost thought the same thing. When they said short handicapped arms, I thought of a guy with a little T-Rex arm, which naturally led me to think of K-Dub…then little Bobby Hill. But that’s probably just me.
    What if SJ just didn’t bring a gun out? I’m not gonna go into a rant on gun control and gun culture, but I’m surprised that I haven’t seen one yet.

  • Shiz

    Chris, I feel ya, but to A.I.’s defense.. Even stemming from the incident in VA as a youth, all the way to the more recent shit last summer in philly, it has never really been about Allen, rather the people Allen associated with…

    “Woo!” is just out there! He dont need anybody help gettin into trouble.

    And A.I. is a great example cuz he is the icon of this generation, and he’s made great strides as far as being mature and responsible for his actions. He leads by example and is committed to his team. Granted it took a while for some of that to sink in, but it has and we don’t really hear about A.I. and drama too much anymore.

  • Cartman


    You come across as a real ‘tard. Ya feel me, dog?

  • Joe_X


    of which generation is Allen Iverson an icon, exactly?

    He surely doesn’t represent my generation.

  • J.P.

    Props to SJ. He kicked a T-rex when it was down and lived to talk about it.

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  • jay broder

    not a big stephen jackson fan and he doesn’t deserve any more ink not tattoes but news in my book. in any case checked out a little jay will..how slow is he now. i remember when i was little i thought mark jackson was slow…meet the new smaller mark jax…jay will.sorry but he he can’t move out there. i am hoping for the best but i just do not see how at that position you can make the cut with no speed..

  • tp

    the best part of the actual police report is that one of the cousins gives his birthday as 2/29/83. how can cops believe a story from a guy born on a day that never existed?

  • Shiz

    Joe: A.I.’s an icon to the younger kids growing up. If your from the Magic/Bird/Jordan era, obviously he’s not your icon but for all these kids wearing arm sleaves (Carmelo included) and doing crazy crossover’s, Allen’s definitely an icon.

    And just to let you know joe, I was speaking in general, though it does thrill me to no end to know that A.I. doesn’t represent you.

    And Cartman: whatever you think of me is so irrelevant its comical. It takes more than someone calling me a “tard” to get me upset. Especially when he takes his name from the fattest, sloppiest, most played out character on southpark…but thanx for the free publicity! I hope I made your day, cuz you surely made mine.

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  • Shiz

    tp: good detective skills on the leap year thing! This story has more weird twists than a M. Night Shalyaman movie…

  • GEB4000

    Shooting randomly up in the air to break up a fight in a parking lot? Does SJ think he’s in Iraq?

  • http://www.freedarko.com shoals

    nothing, i mean nothing, say marquis daniels like a dude in a white bentley, laying up in an empty parking lot while his friend busts off shots across the street. i bet he was listening to talk radio.

  • Maha10k

    I think Shiz is on point about AI. I grew up in the Jordan era, replete with posters, new Jordans and expensive Bulls/Suns tickets. Looking back on it though, Jordan comes across as rather fake. His image was so polished. But with AI, I remember reading about his problems in VA when I was in high school and thinking ‘I hope this guy gets through this.’ I think a lot of young black males can relate more to AI than to Jordan or someone like Kobe. He came from a single-parent household and he’s had to figure a lot out and become a man under a ton of scrutiny. That mos def is something I can relate to.

  • Reggie Evans

    Note to SJ: Don’t F wit Bushwick Bill and Geto Boys

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    What does the arms thing mean? was his hands in his pockets?

  • boston’s finest

    WOW!!! the life of an nba veteran. not even an all star, just an champion’d veteran. lol. stephan jackson is official!! lol

  • http://idleatwork.com A-Wood

    shoals, that’s one of the greatest things i’ve ever read.

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  • Dean

    i like that the man with the handicapped arm has the name fingers.

  • Crystal

    Why do I immediately picture the Mike Epps “Chicken Wing” joke when they mention the man with the handicapped arm.

  • CO

    Last I checked, Jordan didn’t come up in privilege either, and worked his way to the top. Yes Jordan was polished, because HE made himself that way, not because he was raised that way.

    I’ll take Jordan over AI any day, Jordan wasn’t about trying to make everyone think he was tough, he was just tough.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/russellkeewatin Chief

    Wow way to fuck up. Why not just not fucking walk around with guns when you know you are going to be more scrutinized as a Black athlete. Why not take preventative measures and have a bodyguard…oh i guess that would take to much thinking. Then this shit would never happen.