Memphis city councilwoman Janis Fullilove arrested husband - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis councilwoman arrested with her husband

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Janis Fullilove (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Janis Fullilove (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Vernon Chalmers (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Vernon Chalmers (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – Last week, Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove talked about chaining herself to a dumpster in order to show support for sanitation workers.  But this morning, Fullilove was in cuffs for another reason.

Action News 5 has learned that both Fullilove and her husband, Vernon Chalmers, were arrested Tuesday morning.

According to the affidavit, Chalmers said he came home just after midnight.  His wife, Janis, had been drinking and accused him of cheating on her.

He told police that she started throwing dishes, one of which broke and cut him.  Chalmers said he then held Fullilove down by her legs until police arrived.

Police took them both  into custody.  They say Fullilove passed out on the way to the squad car. However, she refused any medical attention.

Chalmers and Fullilove have both been charged with domestic assault.

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