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Media Statement on Man Arrested in 2016
News Release
Thursday, September 06, 2018

The City of Sugar Land and the Sugar Land Police Department are aware of a federal lawsuit filed by Jerold Griffen.

Griffin was arrested and charged with possession of illegal narcotics and resisting arrest in September 2016. A patrol officer saw Griffen was sitting in a neighborhood park just before midnight. The park was closed, so the officer called for backup, and Griffen was questioned. The man provided conflicting information to police officers – at different times during the conversation, he told police he had no place to stay, didn’t have enough money to pay for a ride to work and had family members living in the immediate neighborhood. When asked if he had anything illegal in his possession, he became erratic and started placing his hands in his pockets and waistband. He was told to remove his hands. He refused and ran away. He was quickly caught and actively fought with the officers. Once in custody, illegal narcotics and cash were found concealed on him. He sustained minor injuries. EMS was called, but Griffen refused treatment and transport to a hospital. He was later transported to Fort Bend County Jail.

Police Chief Eric Robins is available for on-camera interviews by request.

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