SCSO's top spokesman charged with domestic violence

SCSO's top spokesman charged with domestic violence

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff's Office's public information officer faces domestic violence charges.

The man who has interviewed with media many times before about stopping domestic violence, is now being accused of being a little too violent with his ex-girlfriend. Investigators said it may have all stemmed from social media.

The call happened around 11 a.m. Monday at Riverset Apartments on Mud Island.

Memphis Police Department said SCSO Public Information Officer Chip Washington punched his ex-girlfriend in the arm and threw her on the couch.

The victim told police Washington showed up unannounced at her apartment. He was upset over some Facebook posts involving her and another man. The victim said Washington approached her and told her that she was humiliating him on social media.

A scan of the victim's Facebook page shows she may have moved on romantically after her breakup with Washington. There is a post showing flowers from a new friend and a post that reads, in part, "if you want something to last forever, you treat it different, you shield it and protect it, you never abuse it."

According to the affidavit, the victim said she was sitting in her vehicle when Washington walked up and punched her in the arm twice.

The victim said she then went back to her apartment where Washington pushed her on the sofa, grabbed and broke a silver necklace off her neck and started throwing pillows at her.

Memphis police officers arrived at the apartment complex and detained Washington.

Recent Facebook posts by Washington tell a bit more of the story.

"I know it has been apparent to some that I have been going through and dealing with some things of late," he posted. "It's amazing to me how many 'judges' there are out here and most of you have never been elected!"

SCSO said Washington has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. He has been charged with domestic violence.

Washington posted bond late Monday night. He is due in court Tuesday morning.

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