LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – The Michigan House Speaker is looking into the recent arrest of State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) although elected leaders aren’t saying much.
During his drunken driving arrest on April 6th along I-96, Rep. Jones sought Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s help. A state police report indicates Jones said, “If you hit me, it’s going to be very bad for you. I’ll call Governor [Gretchen] Whitmer right now.”
The report also says Jones told the officers, “When I call Gretchen [you will need to hand over your] IDs, badge numbers, everything.”
Troopers found Jones with his pants partially down.
In addition, Jones had been traveling with a woman. Police reports say his female passenger was incoherent, had vomited, and had her pants down before being loaded into an ambulance.
A police dash cam video shows a trooper asking Jones for his I.D. and he refused. After several attempts, troopers took Jones to the ground after he failed to comply.
Gov. Whitmer has not responded.
House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) said he’s determining how to handle the situation.
Jones also demanded to speak to State Police Director Joe Gasper; a spokesperson for Gasper said that would not have been appropriate.
Ali Hammoud, the attorney representing Jones, said “We believe the police used excessive force and Mr. Jones was mistreated in this incident. If this was not a Black man in Livingston County, he would have been in that ambulance and on his way to the hospital.”
Jones is scheduled for a hearing on June 30th.