Beginning in The Rookie’s first season, Titus Makin Jr. portrayed Jackson West, a rookie police officer who was the son of Commander Percy West. After three seasons as a full-time forged member, Jackson’s character arc got here to an finish throughout the season 4 premiere of the ABC collection. Find out what occurred to the fan-favorite character and why he left the present.
What Happened to Jackson West on ‘The Rookie’?
At the beginning of season 1, Jackson started his rookie coaching underneath his coaching officer Angela Lopez. After she was promoted, he obtained assigned to a brand new coaching officer, Doug Stanton. Season 3 of The Rookie noticed Jackson take down Doug after his harsh remedy of his workforce, main him to finally be fired from the LAPD. Jackson’s future appeared promising after he was promoted to Police Officer II throughout season 3.
Ahead of the season 4 premiere of The Rookie, Jackson was lacking from many of the trailers and clips shared with the general public. During the primary episode of the season in September 2021, the character met his devastating destiny after he was kidnapped throughout Angela and Wesley Evers’ wedding ceremony. While combating again towards his attackers, he was shot within the again and killed however not earlier than scratching his assailant.
After the DNA left on his fingers was processed, Sergeant Wade Grey was in a position to pin down Jackson’s killer and arrest him. Angela visited her fallen officer’s grave on the finish of the episode in a last homage to one of many present’s authentic forged members.
Why Did Titus Makin Jr. Leave ‘The Rookie’?
Titus determined to go away The Rookie on his personal phrases, approaching showrunner Alexi Hawley about departing the present.
“Lots of people are discovering a voice, and I discovered that for myself, the place I used to be like, ‘Oh wow, I’ve been complacent,’” Titus instructed Entertainment Weekly forward of his departure. “I wakened one morning and I used to be watching the information, and I used to be like, ‘I can’t do that. I can’t go play a cop on a present and never speak about the truth that I’m a Black cop.’ My character hadn’t addressed any of that.”
Initially, he wasn’t positive if he needed to look in season 3 in any respect however was glad ABC and producers listened to his issues.
“I had that dialog with Alexi, our showrunner, and he was extraordinarily gracious, and he completely understood the whole lot I used to be saying. I did come to that time the place I used to be like, ‘If you need to write me out, I politely obtain that,’” he mentioned. “I’d quite be written out than ignore the truth and never be capable of inform the story.”
Since leaving The Rookie, the Hawaii-born actor appeared in an episode of NCIS: Hawai’i and acted within the shorts Aliens on Halloween and Pool Service, Inc.