‘Big Gretch is the homie’: Rep. Jewell Jones refuses to take booking photo if he can’t wear mask, invokes governor, again

Fresh off being arrested in early April for a suspected DUI crash, Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones reportedly flat out refused to have his photo taken during booking because officers would not give him a mask, claiming “Big Gretch” might be a little upset by it.

Video caught the whole exchange between Jones and police officers in the station at the time. Jones warned the officers that “Big Gretch,” referring to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, would come after them if he was not allowed to wear a mask for the photo.

“You know what? Big Gretch is the homie,” Jones proclaimed. “When she finds out about this, she might be a little upset about the treatment. She’s very serious about the pandemic so I’m just wondering if I can wear the mask.”

Much to Jones’ shock and dismay, one of the officers confronting him told him that Whitmer “knows about this” and told him he’d better start complying with their instructions. Later, Jones was seen sitting on the floor of his jail cell, again refusing to have his fingerprints or photo taken.

(Video Credit: Fox 2 Detroit)

He was arrested on April 6 after crashing his SUV while allegedly being intoxicated. The vehicle with the vanity plate “ELECTED” was found in a ditch. Jones will be charged with reckless driving, resisting and obstructing, operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, operating while intoxicated, and most noteworthy of all, possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol. Jones’ blood-alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit.

When the police arrived at the scene, Jones and a woman were reportedly found with their pants undone and partially down.

From the beginning, Jones has mentioned Whitmer’s name over and over again in an attempt to insinuate he has friends in high places.

“I run y’alls’ budget,” Jones informed state troopers. “When I call Gretchen, I’ll need y’all IDs and badge numbers, everything.”

The woman with Jones was reportedly taken to the hospital after she could not stand on her feet and had vomited. It is unknown what her current condition is.

When police confronted Jones, he refused to hand over his ID, so troopers took him down. He was then accused of attempting to use his position as a lawmaker to avoid arrest. Jones fought the state troopers and was subdued with pepper spray and a stun gun. On the dashcam video, he informed the officers, “It’s not going to be good for you.”

His attorney is now claiming excessive force was used by the police in the arrest. “Clearly he’s overcharged. Clearly, police abused their discretion here and they used excessive force on Mr. Jones,” attorney Ali Hammoud told FOX 2. He asserted that race was a factor in the arrest.

“I do believe him being a black person in Livingston had something to do with the stop. If this was a white representative, if this was a white person I don’t know if the situation would have been handled differently,” he remarked. “Something happened to Mr. Jones that day because of the color of his skin.”

Jones is a member of the Michigan National Guard and is serving his third term representing the 11th District.


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