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VOL. 132 | NO. 82 | Tuesday, April 25, 2017

County Commissioner Justin Ford Charged With Domestic Violence

By Bill Dries

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Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford was arrested by Memphis Police Sunday, April 24, on a felony charge of domestic violence assault and a false imprisonment charge.

JUSTIN FORD

A woman with Ford told police that she and Ford got into an argument at a fast food restaurant Sunday evening and that Ford physically assaulted her, including choking her.

Shelby County Jail records show Ford was booked into the county jail Monday morning.

In the affidavit with the charges, police say the woman with Ford told them she was driving a car with Ford as a passenger when they began arguing and he hit her in the side of the face. She pulled the car into the parking lot of a fast food restaurant and “made several attempts to get out of the vehicle.”

“However with each attempt, defendant Ford pulled (the victim) back into the vehicle refusing to let her go,” the affidavit reads. “Defendant Ford punched (the victim), pulled her hair and strangled her. Defendant Ford continued to assault (the victim) inside her vehicle until police arrived.”

Ford, a funeral director, is serving his second term on the county commission and was chairman of the body the first year of his second term. He was also a candidate for Memphis mayor in the 2015 city elections.

Shelby County Commission chairman Melvin Burgess was consulting with the county attorney’s office Monday afternoon on possible action by the commission.

Commissioner Michael Hooks Sr. was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2005 on bribery charges and remained on the commission for the next year until he pleaded guilty to the charges and resigned.

Commissioner Henri Brooks was charged by police in a parking lot fracas in 2014 and remained on the body as other issues surfaced, including a challenge of whether she lived in the commission district she represented and an Alford plea to a felony charge of listing a false address on her qualifying petition to run for Juvenile Court Clerk that same year.

By the time of the Alford plea, Brooks was already off the commission.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0