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Former UW basketball star Trent Jackson recounts 2017 attack, police response

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Former UW Basketball Player Trent Jackson says he feels strongly about the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery after he was involved in a similar situation, that fortunately turned out differently.

Jackson was walking his dog on this street in Madison on December 22nd of 2017 when a car drove by with a group of white passengers yelling out racial slurs. Moments later, the driver of the car attacked him.


"A figure comes running at me, and I couldn't see what it was or what they looked like because of the car lights, as I'm getting up off the ground, I just take a swing, and I broke the guy's nose is what I learned later," Jackson said.

Jackson grabbed his dog, ran home and called 9-1-1.

"Somebody help me," Jackson told police. "I'm being attacked."

Jackson later learned that the passenger in the car called 9-1-1 with a fabricated story.

"They said to the police that a black man had attacked them and had run into the woods with a dog," Jackson explained.

The police didn't show up to Jackson's house until two and a half hours later and when they did come in, it wasn't what he expected.

"I felt like I was about to be in my own home arrested and attacked because of white privilege, because of what they said," Jackson explained.

The police ended up believing Jackson's story. Weeks later when they arrested the driver with disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer, the driver had a nine-inch knife on him.

"My biggest concern is if my situation would have turned out like Arbery's or Floyd's where Trent Jackson was killed on December 22nd, 2017, and there is no video footage of what happened to me, that their story would have been believed," Jackson said.

Jackson says the only thing that saved him was his status in Madison.

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Karley Marotta

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