The district attorney for Bradley County said today he has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to help in the investigation of domestic violence allegations against Cleveland police officer Jeff Griggs.
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Tenth Judicial District Attorney Steve Crump released this statement to the Times Free Press:
"On Monday afternoon I requested the TBI investigate certain aspects of the domestic violence allegations against Jeff Griggs. While I have complete confidence in the McMinn County Sheriff's Department, after consulting with their investigators, it became apparent that certain allegations of misconduct were alleged to have occurred in Bradley County and related to issues more appropriately investigated by the TBI.
The investigation by TBI is limited in its scope and should be completed in short order."
Griggs was arrested Saturday after his wife accused him of domestic violence in McMinn County. Griggs said he had been taking photos of her and acting Cleveland Police Chief Dennis Maddux kissing in a parked in a car. His wife told deputies he bit her fingers when she dived into his truck, grabbed the camera and swiped the memory card, which she later destroyed.
Griggs filed for divorce Monday and his wife, Cindy Griggs, requested an order of protection. On Tuesday night Griggs was arrested for violating that order. Sources told the Times Free Press he went to the couple's home in the Chestuee community to get some clothing and was taken into custody.
Stay with the Times Free Press for updates on this developing story.