Officer Bosetti made allegations that back in 2002 the Pittsburgh Police Department Brass covered up the Fatal Shooting of Jerry Jackson in the Armstrong Tunnels in Apr/1995.Well,he was NOT there and I was along with Homicide Commander Ron Freeman, Commander McNeilly/Zone 2,Homicide Det.Terrance Oleary and Numerous other High Ranking Officials of the Pgh Police and Housing Authority P.D. Nobody covered anything up at all!!!!!!!!!!!There were 2 City Officers right behind me in there patrol vehicle inside the tunnel and testified exactly as to what I stated and what they saw with there own Eyes!They even Fired there weapons at the suspects car after it was stopped!
Although the Iniating Pgh Police Officer Charles Conroy that started the Pursuit and was the Reporting Officer that wrote the Police Incident Report the night in question stated in the report that "I" meaning Officer Charles Conroy did see the suspects vehicle turn around and come at Officers Charmos Patrol Vehicle.Then at the Preliminary Hearing Officer Conroy came into the court room with Private Legal Counsel and when called to Testify under Oath He stated that I (Officer Charmo) Told him what to write in the night in question and that he made a mistake saying what he allegly saw happening???? Then He Falsified an Official Police Report and Nothing was done about that???
I told him exactly what happened and Never told him to write anything other then the Truth!I had 40 minutes until the end of my shift and I rendered assistance to the City Officer as he was coming into my Jurisdiction and in the end I Lost My Career, My Pension,Incarcerated 23 hrs/day w/1hr out in the ACJ,went through a Criminal Trial that ended in a Mis-Trial and then was thrown a Plea-Agreement by DA Zappala to Plead to In-Voluntary Manslaughter only a Mis-Demaeanor of the 1st Degree and I would be released in a month as I was already in Jail for over 10 months and the Min Sentence was 11 1/2 mos. So what other choice did I have? It just amazes me how people worry only about there Own Jobs when the times get tough? I was Hung out to dry on a Branch by my lonley self. I had only one person stay by my side during the entire trial and that was my Ex-Girlfriend a Pgh Police Officer Norine Kelly as she came to my aid the night in question and stayed by me. Not one Housing Authority Police Officer was in the Court Room or any City Officers except Officer Kelly! So if you really think that there was a cover up inregards to this matter, then Good Luck. Nobody told Mr.Jackson to steal a car and lead numerous police units on a high speed chase and then began ramming my patrol car on the 10th st. bridge trying to make me loose control and possibly sustain Serious Bodily Injury or Death and then Drive the Car head-on at me.
All he ahd to do was put his foot on the brake pedal and Stop! He would be alive today and back in Jail. But, he chose the Final Outcome as he decided he was NOT going back to jail no matter what, so He signed his own Death Certificate at that moment. I am not proud of what I did and I still have PTSD and nightmares about the incident, and I will probably until the day I die. All I know is that I did what I was Taught and Paid to do and that was to Protect Peoples Lives and now at the age of 57 I lost everything I worked so hard for for nothing!The general census of the public involving this case felt that I had nothing better to do the night in question and that I had Pre-Planned on Killing an Afro-American which is Totally Absurd! I worked in the Public Housing Communities for 14 years and treated the people with respect as a white person.
I was Awarded Numerous Commendations by Black Groups and then the Chief of the Housing Police Harvey Adams Jr. made me what I was by sending me to school to become a Police Fire-Arms Instructor, and a Patrol-Narcotics K-9 Handler as well as an Acting Supervisior when needed!So I spoke my peace and Not that it's going to do anything for me now, I just want the Public to know the truth! Thank You!
Former City Housing Officer John Paul Charmo
Pittsburgh City Paper
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