Among her staunchest constituents....their dismay over Memphis CIty Councilwoman Janis Fullilove Chalmers latest brush with the law wasn't hidden.
"I just think...that again? Not again!" Tina Robinson, who voted for Fullilove, said.
Yet, as Memphians awoke to the news Tuesday morning, the 62-year old second term Councilwoman, with a hood pulled over her face and escorted by family friend, Greg Grant, was released from Womens' Jail East on her own recognizance after being arrested and charged for alleged domestic assault against her husband Vernon. In a Memphis Police Affidavit of complaint, Vernon Chalmers, alleged after returning to their home on Morningview, he was confronted by a drunken Fullilove who accused him of cheating with another woman. The complaint, filed by Chalmers, goes on to allege Fullilove started throwing and breaking dishes and then threw a glass plate against the fireplace causing glass to cut him on his left arm. Chalmers further admits when Fullilove wouldn't stop talking he pushed his wife to the floor and held her legs until police arrived. After taking both into custody, the affidavit says Fullilove-Chalmers passed out on the sidewalk, but late refused medical attention. Chalmers was taken to 201 Poplar where he was placed on 1 thousand dollar bond. After leaving jail, our cameras captured Fullilove as she returned home.
Chalmers is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. Apparently, Fullilove will be arraigned at a later date.
"I think it's wrong is what she did. Elected official. It was wrong. And I think it should be dealt with," said Kenneth Vaughn, who voted for Fullilove.
Fullilove-Chalmers was publicly censured by her colleagues in 2008 after numerous arrests related to careless driving and intoxication in Tunica County. However, any further action, such as ouster by the Council, would seem unlikely based on criteria of a passed referendum on Council ethics.
"We've already censured her for this behavior and as far as the Charter amendment that refers to official malfescene," city councilman Shea Flinn said.
None of Fullilove's colleagues, attending a ceremony in South Memphis would speak on camera about Fullilove's latest incident. We were referred to Council Chairman Bill Morrison was out of the country. While council members weren't willing to share their thoughts, people who've voted for Fullilove freely voiced their disappointment.
"Whenever you do see her it's like a negative thing that you see about her. More than you see positive," Robinson said.
"I want to get her to her life together before she decide to come back and do her job. I think she's a good person. She just can't do what she continue to do and think we gonna vote for her," Vaughn said.