Report: Local commissioner pushed, dragged wife who took his phone

Police Report: Fulton Co. Commissioner Arrington pushed, dragged wife

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County District five commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. is facing domestic violence charges after an incident with his wife at their College Park home.

The commissioner was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery after an incident on September 11. He turned himself into the Fulton County Jail early Friday morning. 

According to the police report from the incident, the battery allegedly happened when his wife, Kristen Reed Arrington, tried to grab his phone because she thought he was hiding something from her.

Photos | Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr.

Arrington became angry when she "threatened to call a female contact in the phone," according to the report.

"Mr. Arrington became angry and lunged toward her and tried to take the phone from her left hand."

That's where the details in the report get violent. Ms. Arrington told police her husband pushed her to the ground, dug her along the floor, twisted her arm behind her back and pushed her across the room, all while struggling over a phone.

The responding officer detailed her injuries in the report as follows, "Mrs. Arrington had visible bruising to her left under forearm, and scratches on her top left forearm. She also had a small scratch on her left middle finger. Mrs. Arrington also had a large bump and a bruise on her left shin. Mrs. Arrington also complained that she had pain in her left hand and had trouble moving her fingers."

The officer also details signs of struggle in the basement when the incident allegedly took place. 

The couple's four children were reportedly at home but did not witness the incident.

The Arringtons released a joint statement Friday afternoon:

"We do not condone domestic violence of any kind. This is a family matter that we are working through. We are both committed to our family and we ask that the public respect our privacy as we work to restore our family bond." 

Fulton County Chairman John Eaves issued a statement saying, "We are aware of the charges brought against Commissioner Arrington. This is a serious matter and is currently in the hands of the justice system. We will continue to respect the privacy of the Arrington family during this time."

This is the second incident reported to police. In April 2013, Arrington is accused of biting his wife's arm as they drove down I-285. She did not press charges but told police she wanted to have the incident documented.

An 11Alive investigation revealed a pattern of controversial behavior from Arrington. He is currently under an ethics investigation for skybox parties he hosted at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre in his district.

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A whistleblower lawsuit is also being filed against him. It cites the intentional and negligent actions of the county and Arrington to retaliate against, harass, and defame employees after they refused to aid "Commissioner Arrington's use of his official position for private gain through Wolf Creek Amphitheater."

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