John Conyers' Son Was Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Violence, but Not Charged
December 6th, 2017, 4:23 PM
John Conyers III, the 27-year-old son of former Rep. John Conyers, was arrested in Los Angeles this year on suspicion of domestic violence, according to NBC News. Prosecutors declined to charge.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office cited a "lack of independent witnesses" and their conclusion that it "could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained" while he was disarming her, case paperwork shows.
Prosecutors also said the victim's only injury was a small stab wound to her lower bicep, Andrew Blankstein of the network reports.
In announcing his retirement Tuesday, Conyers endorsed his son, a Detroit hedge fund manager, to take his seat.
The younger Conyers was arrested Feb. 15 at a Los Angeles residence on suspicion of violence against his girlfriend after she called police. According to NBC:
The girlfriend said that Conyers III suspected her of cheating after he went through her computer. She told police that he "body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her," the report says.
She said when she tried to call police, he took her phone and then chased her into the kitchen, where she grabbed a knife and told him to leave. By her account, he took the knife and swung it at her, cutting her arm.
Both of them called 911 to complain about the other. Conyers III said the girlfriend had been using booze and pot, tried to throw him out the residence, and then got into a pushing and shoving match with him. He said she threatened him with the knife and was cut in a struggle for it.