Mecklenburg County Detention Officer Fired Over Assault Charges

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A Mecklenburg County Detention Center officer was fired Friday after being arrested for the second time on assault charges stemming from an off-duty incident at his home.

CMPD presented additional information to a magistrate and warrants were issued for Officer Jaquan Kitt on May 20th.

“Mr. Kitt’s actions are not a representation of this agency and certainly not what we expect of any employee of the
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff McFadden. “After reviewing the reports, I was really disappointed in
the actions of Mr. Kitt. As a public safety organization, MCSO requires all employees to demonstrate professional and
ethical conduct both on and off-duty and we will continue to hold our staff accountable for their actions.”

Police took Kitt into custody and transported him to the Mecklenburg County jail shortly after 5 p.m.

Kitt was charged with:

  • Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • Misdemeanor Assault on a Female.
  • Misdemeanor Communication of Threats (two counts).

“It is our duty to seek appropriate justice in all cases, and we felt this case needed to be re-visited to ensure that our victim received appropriate service from our agency.” said Chief Johnny Jennings.

Original Story (5/20/22):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Mecklenburg County Detention officer was arrested for assault Wednesday but was released after the magistrate found no probable cause, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detention Officer Jaquan Kitt was arrested and charged with assault after an off-duty incident at his home, according to authorities.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers responded to the incident, arrested Kitt and transported him to the Mecklenburg County Arrest Processing Center where he was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

The magistrate found no probable cause on all charges and Kitt was released.

“I was made aware of the supporting facts regarding this incident, and we have initiated an internal investigation. I was surprised by the alleged actions of Officer Kitt and the magistrate’s decision,” Sheriff Garry McFadden said. “We will work with the District Attorney’s office and if there is evidence to support that Officer Kitt’s conduct during this incident has violated our policies or if it’s later determined that probable cause does exist and criminal charges are filed against Officer Kitt, we will take the appropriate action at that time.”

Kitt has been employed with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office since May 25, 2016.