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Howard reviewing report of prosecutor's Atlantic Station arrest

Assistant District Attorney Miya Griggs was charged with three misdemeanors after weekend incident outside Yard House.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement Tuesday indicating he is reviewing the incident report surrounding the weekend arrest of Assistant District Attorney Miya Griggs.

Griggs, 29, was charged with three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, obstruction and simple battery – after Atlanta Police said she interfered with an arrest outside the Yard House restaurant at Atlantic Station last Friday night.

According to APD spokesman John Chafee, police were called to the scene after Griggs’ male acquaintance, Zachary Mitchell, had been accused of grabbing the buttocks of patrons at the restaurant.

As officers attempted to question Mitchell, Griggs “pushed herself between the officers and presented a Fulton County District Attorney’s Office badge,” said Chafee, who indicated that Griggs attempted to intervene in the questioning, and walk away with Mitchell.

A security officer subsequently told officers that Griggs had flashed her identification and struck him in the face with it. Upon being detained by Atlanta Police officers, “both suspects began screaming obscenities at the officers in full view of the public,” according to Chafee.

On further investigation, the original victims decided not to press charges, but provided statements as to what had occurred. The manager at Yard House told officers that as Mitchell, 33, was being expelled from the restaurant, he finished his beer and acted as though he was going to strike her.

Mitchell was placed under arrest for city ordinance violations of disorderly conduct under the influence, disorderly acting violent with another and obstruction.

In his statement, Howard said the incident was “shocking to [Griggs’] colleagues.”

“Miya Griggs has been an outstanding employee with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office,” Howard is quoted in the statement. “She very quickly has progressed from her assignment in the complaint room to her current duties as second chair in the trial division. She is a soft-spoken, hard-working and very intelligent employee.”

Howard said after examining the incident report his office would make a “decision regarding Miya and her employment status.”

Griggs’ lawyer, Mawuli Davis, has said that she was only attempting “to de-escalate the situation.”

Tammy September 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
This is certainly not the PR that Mark Toro is looking for.
Marc Acampora September 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Tammy - this was activity by rowdy customers and can and does happen anywhere. I'm not sure this reflects poorly on Atlantic Station.
But wait, September 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
well, you know what they say about taking people out of the hood but not taking the hood out of the people. i also truly love when people think they are WAY more important than they are. case in point, repeatedly flashing your ADA badge. good for you, now you're under arrest. hahaha
Tammy September 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I ate in another of the Atlantic Station restaurant recently and they had a policy that if you sat on the patio you had to provide them with a credit card to keep on file just in case you decided to walk out without paying. That is a broke down policy for broke down patrons.
Chris H September 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Yeah, On the weekends Yardhouse is attracting a lot of the same crowd that went to Fox Sports Grill.
Chris H September 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Tammy, some people just don't know how to behave in public so you have to put out rules that seem like common sense to most people. Take for instance this place Bar One on Memorial from one of the Real Housewives. Looking at these "obvious" rules, wonder what kind of people come here? http://www.baroneatl.com/house-rules/
Hunt Archbold (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Cell phone video from the incident: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/man-arrested-attorney-hopes-cell-video-will-free-t/nR4NF/
Atl Resident September 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
This is exactly what Mark Toro needs.... This is definitely great PR for Atlantic Station. The kind of behavior that was tolerated at The Fox Sports Grill will not be tolerated any longer. The prosecutor is probably a nice person who seemed to have lost her cool, but her boyfriend appeared to rude disorderly punk. Good job APD!
Atl Resident September 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Also I applaud the Yard House for being a much classier place and not letting anyone dictate them what to do...
Bill Palmer September 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM
You hit the nail on the head. Affirmative action results in many people being pushed into positions they are not capable of handling.

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