Family member, local activist react to Rocky Mount police officers firing

Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were fired effective Tuesday, Jan. 26

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson are no longer employees of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Both were fired Tuesday, a few weeks after the photo above of them surfaced on social media, sparking a federal investigation.

10 News tracked down each man’s address and went to see if they’d answer any questions.

At the address listed for Fracker, his mother-in-law answered the door and said that he does not live there.

She didn’t want to talk on-camera but told10 News that it’s not fair how her son-in-law is being portrayed and now he’s lost his job and she has a grandchild who needs to be cared for.

10 News asked her to call Fracker to see if he’d speak, but he did not want to give a statement.

When 10 News tried to contact Robertson, our crew was greeted by “No Trespassing’ and ‘Private Property’ signs.

Bridgette Craighead, a Black Lives Matter activist who first shared the photo of Roberston and Fracker online, said she wants the town manager and police chief to step down too.


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