Georgia’s Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Miya Griggs was arrested and charged with obstruction, simple battery and disorderly conduct Friday night outside of an Atlanta restaurant when she allegedly tried to intervene in the police line of questioning of a male acquaintance, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Griggs allegedly confronted Atlanta police when they began questioning Mitchell, 33, over reports that he groped a few female customers at the restaurant.
According to Kim Jones, a spokesperson with the Atlanta police department, Griggs reportedly flashed her badge to identify herself, then tried to leave the scene with the suspect during the course of the police interrogation.
“Upon being detained, both suspects began screaming obscenities at the officers in full view of the public,” Jones said. “A security officer subsequently told officers that Ms. Griggs had flashed her identification and struck him in the face with it,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Meanwhile, Griggs’ lawyer, Mawuli Davis, paints another picture in defense of his client, stating that Griggs saw that an injustice was taking place and simply came Mitchell’s rescue. Davis told the Daily Report “She saw someone being arrested and interrogated and didn’t think it was being handled correctly. She was just trying to say, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’”
Even though the alleged groping victims made the decision to not press charges against Mitchell, he was still arrested on city ordinance violations of disorderly conduct under the influence, disorderly acting violent toward another person, and obstruction.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said he was shocked to hear about Griggs incident.
“Miya Griggs has been an outstanding employee with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office,” the statement read. “She very quickly has progressed from her assignment in the complaint room to her current duties as second chair in the trial division. She is a soft-spoken, hard-working and very intelligent employee.”
Howard says he will make a final decision on Griggs’ employment status upon reviewing the case.