MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has decided against filing charges in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old man, after video at the scene showed reason for self-defense.

Justin Jackson, of Minneapolis, was stabbed just after 7 p.m. Friday on the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South. Police arrested James Suttles near the scene of the stabbing, and he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of a head injury.

Suttles was released Monday, without charges, after an investigation revealed he acted in self-defense.

Video from where the incident took place shows Suttles sitting at the bus stop when he was suddenly attacked by several men, including Jackson. The video shows the men hitting Suttles several times while they went through his pockets. Suttles manages to get away and run across the street, but Jackson and the other men chase after him.

Suttles then used a knife to protect himself, allegedly stabbing Jackson.

Police say Jackson was a confirmed member of the Bloods gang and had a previous conviction for aggravated robbery. He was charged in early July for receiving stolen property and fleeing a police officer. His next hearing was scheduled for Aug. 29.

Authorities will continue to investigate this case. Other charges may be possible.

Comments (36)
  1. kent the wuss says:

    Cowardly Thug got exactly what he deserved..Sounds like he messed with the wrong guy..Chump.

    1. The way it should have been says:

      No doubt. The only thing that could have been better is if rather than pulling a knife, he pulled out a .45 and blew the purps head clean off their shoulders – along with video so we could ALL enjoy the moment.

  2. em0886 says:

    He may have been in the wrong, we’ll never know now,but he sure did’nt deserve to die for his mistake..It’s an injustice that charges weren’t filed!!!

    1. @em says:

      He may have been in the wrong? Even with video you still can’t be convinced, its people like you that should be beaten in the streets, hopefully when it does happen to you, you will just lay there and take it and hope they stop before you’re dead. I pray you have no children because they are in terrible hands, the comments you make day in and day out are mind blowing. They say ignorance is bliss, you’re Mr or Ms Bliss

    2. lib says:

      my comment was struck down, because I used MN Lib only full words, comon cco, you can do better than that for freedom of speech.

    3. tina says:


      Shouldn’t you be taking care of your Welfare baby that my tax dollars are paying for rather than posting your stupid comments on here?

      1. em0886 says:

        you better leave my kid out of this tina…i wasn’t the one posting that stuff on here. some jerk used my name and made insane comments on here…you better stop being so judgmental…karma will come back to you!

        1. em0886 says:

          I also work so I help pay for the benefits I am receiving….I would love to meet you on the streets Tina because I am pretty sure you wouldn’t have anything to say then!!

          1. Botanist says:

            Whoa! Time to go take a break from the Internet when you start making threats and challenging people, em…

    4. em0886 says:

      All you judge& jury types are sooo quick to justify a persons murder in the street without having been there & not knowing the facts…This person was not convicted of any crime,yet he was killed..explain the logic please?

      1. Chump EMo says:

        video footage showed him beating someone, obviously you’ve been beaten before, because no1 can be as dense as you seem to be without brain damage.

        1. em0886 says:

          You should just be quiet because someone else went under my name and posted that ridiculous comment!! TIna you are stupid for making ignorant comments…I am on welfare but am over halfway done with my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and have been on the Dean’s list for over a year….you should really think before you speak because I was really upset when I saw this person posting comments in my name….I fully believe the man that died got what he deserved…he threatened the other man’s life and he exercised his rights to defend that life.

    5. Injustice says:

      The injustice is that his “friends” all ran and left him to die. Justice would have been if the “real victim” could have gutted a couple more of them before they ran.

    6. hunnybear18 says:

      It’s an injustice that this bully attacked an innocent person with intent to rob, It’s a mistake that he underestimated his victim, a mistake for which he paid with his life. However, if you decide to be a thieving gang thug, this is an occupational hazard. Nobody needs to be charged for defending himself.

    7. em0886 says:

      ummm who is using my name on here??? I get off work at noon so I did not post this!! You better posting stuff under my name…I will be reporting this since you have clearly hacked into my account or something…..I think clearly he acted in self defense and that justice was served by releasing the man.

    8. Botanist says:


      Please identify the “mistake” that was made. Please be specific.


    9. em0886 says:

      You honestly better stop posting stuff in my name…not sure why you are doing that but I didn’t do anything to you so don’t act like an idiot.

    10. karma says:

      So the innocent was suppose to die because they was hitting him in the head and he would have did if not for the knife

  3. djp says:

    Thank goodness there was video to show what really happened! I am so glad he took care of his own safety. There is no loss for that thug!!

  4. Realist says:

    I don’t think you have the slightest clue what a flash mob is you racist windbag.

  5. jumecia says:


    1. jeff says:

      it really sucks that your cousin ( who essentially took his own life) died. but i hope that every would be criminal knows that when you attack someone, it could be over something as small as 10 dollars, you could possibly be killed. your cousin will not be able to hurt anyone anymore. i am greatful that the person who was defending himself will not be charged. that is one of the greatest things about this country, you have the right to protect yourself and your property.

      do you, your family, friends and community a favor, stop the violence and spread the word. you can blame everyone else in the world about this but at the end of the day it is YOUR cousins fault.

      1. boost says:

        jeff we all really i will say appreciate your words and others. they said and acted like they had a gun as was told and it was all over that persons color of shoes and the small things he had in his pockets thats really a shame

    2. @Jumy says:

      Im celebrating his death, I bought a round at the bar when i heard, although I ? the name Jumecia being real, The bad spelling makes me believe hes your black cousin

    3. DeMontre Jones says:

      your cousin was a coward downlow sissy…everybody is celebrating the death of that Chimp!!

    4. No More Cold Hearted Comments says:

      Now you’ve upset his cousin and mother of his children.

      1. hunnybear18 says:

        Were they equally upset that he decided to live the lifestyle of a gang banging thug? Did they think it would end any differently based on that choice?

  6. Jake says:

    I’m applying for a carry/conceal permit…if i run into someones cousin looking to beat me, I’m not the one going down. I suggest all upstanding citizens apply as well!

    1. Botanist says:

      No need to apply in Wisconsin, where I live.

      I can carry a handgun without a permit, and can do it openly. šŸ™‚

  7. foge says:

    If you want real justice, the other 6 people who beat and robbed the victim should be charged with first degree murder since Jackson was killed while they were all committing a violent felony.

    1. My Vote says:

      Foge for Judge!

    2. boost says:

      i was thinking that my self but did u hear what was said at first

    3. victimenem says:

      would like to know what all u know about it

  8. Useless Em0 says:

    So Emo basicly admitted she only posts while at work, hmm so you’re on welfare, you chit chat on the computer on company time, you’re a real swell human being

  9. victimenem says:

    thank all for the words i needed to hear they should get what i have to deal with and was gonna get shouldnt have acted in the way they did but some people on hear really need to be put in the situation and feel what i and others felt

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE