Shelby Co. Commissioner Justin Ford accused of assaulting girlfriend at Church's Chicken

By: Jim Spiewak

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment. 

The incident happened late Sunday night.


This is video of Ford leaving jail after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend:


His aggravated assault charge is a felony. The false imprisonment charge is listed as a misdemeanor. 

Police said 32-year-old Ford physically assaulted and choked his girlfriend, a 43-year-old woman, during a verbal argument at the Church's Chicken in the 900 block of Poplar. 


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The victim and witnesses gave statements to police. 

The victim told police she was driving and Ford was a passenger when they started arguing. She said Ford became belligerent and hit her in the side of the face, momentarily blinding her. 

She told police she pulled into the parking lot of the Church's Chicken and tried several times to get out of the car. She said Ford continued to pull her back inside, pulled her hair, punched her, and strangled her. 

Police said Ford continued to assault her inside the vehicle until officers arrived. 

The victim was treated at the scene by emergency crews. 

FOX13 learned Ford's bond was set at $15,000. 

Justin Ford was first elected to the Shelby County Commission in August 2010. He was the youngest person ever voted to the commission. He now represents District 9. 

Ford is Chair of the General Government Committee and also sits on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Public Works Committee. 

He is a license funeral home director and the acting Vice President of Ford Funeral Homes. 

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