Photo: Reginald Jackson
OAKLAND — A man arrested 14 times since 2015 is presently behind bars for threats to beat, rob, and kill Asians. Threats posted on his social media accounts have since been deleted, but not before Oakland police secured copies.
Reginald H. Jackson, 24 of Berkeley, was arrested February 22 for making the online threats and several weapons charges. Jackson remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, with bond denied for his release.
A suspected gang member, Jackson was identified as “a person of interest” after Oakland PD investigated his online activities. The threatening posts were made on Instagram and Twitter.
Oakland police received tips about the posts one day prior to Jackson’s arrest. Oakland police said in a prepared statement: “Troubling statements were directed towards the Asian community on social media.”
Jackson is known to authorities because of his numerous prior arrests on weapons-related charges.
In 2020, Jackson was arrested six times on charges involving unlawful possession of firearms, illicit drug possession and burglary. His other weapons-related arrests over several years date back to when he was a ward of juvenile court.
Jackson was sentenced to 16 months in San Quentin State Prison in February 2019 for unlawful firearm activity. Jackson also has been on supervised probation several times.
Besides his arrest this month, Jackson also has a case pending, which involves numerous weapons-related charges filed in November 2020.