Complaint filed against councilman

Published 10:51 pm Thursday, April 30, 2009

Coffee County law enforcement officials are investigating a complaint involving a Brundidge city council member.

Coffee County Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said he could not comment on specifics of the alleged incident at this time, but he did confirm Alfred Schultz, of Ozark, filed a complaint that is under investigation. He also said the complaint involved Arthur Griffin, who represents District 2 on the council.

Anna Schultz, wife of Alfred Schultz, said during a telephone interview, that her husband filed the complaint after an April 2 incident, in which someone allegedly followed her husband in his truck. She said the incident started in Brundidge, where Schultz works at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center and ended in Coffee County.

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Griffin, however, denied any type of occurrence taking place.

“That didn’t happen,” Griffin said. “We heard about all this, but that didn’t happen.”

Schultz also said members of the Brundidge Police Department were involved with the incident. She said they pulled her husband over in Coffee County, told him to get out of his vehicle and handcuffed him. She also alleged someone hit her husband in the back of his head with a gun.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said he could not comment on the incident since it is under investigation.

But, Davenport did say he was unsure why Griffin would be at the scene.

“I don’t know why he was there. He had allegedly followed the car,” Davenport said.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said he has heard the incident may have occurred, but he has not confirmed anything.

“I heard there was an incident, but that is all I know,” Ramage said.

Because he has no confirmation, Ramage said he is unsure what the next step would be for the city. “I don’t know enough about it,” he said. “What we would have to do is wait on the facts.”