Mississippi Rep Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting His Wife
Over the weekend, Mississippi Republican state Representative Douglas McLeod was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after allegedly punching his wife in the face. According to his wife, he punched her after she didn’t get undressed quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.
According to the sheriff’s department in George County, Mississippi, the State Rep was extremely drunk when deputies showed up at his home on Saturday night.
According to reports from the Sun Herald, the 58-year-old Republican lawmaker was intoxicated and holding a glass of alcohol in his hand when deputies visited his home shortly before 9 p.m. When deputies arrived, McLeod opened the door and responded, “Are you kidding me?” when they told him that they were there because a domestic assault had been reported.
McLeod was apparently so drunk that he “had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” according to the report. When deputies went into their bedroom, they found blood on the bed and on the floor. His wife told deputies that “her husband was drunk and ‘just snapped,’ as he often does when under the influence of alcohol.”
Another woman who lives at the McLeod home told the sheriff’s department that the representative’s wife ran up to her room, then shut and locked the door. She said that McLeod started banging on the door and telling the women to open it. He told the other woman if she didn’t open the door, he’d “kill her (expletive) dog.”
McLeod did end up being booked in jail, but was later bonded out.
Both Republican and Democratic Mississippi elected officials are now calling on Douglas McLeod to resign. On Tuesday, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn told the Sun Herald, “I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true. These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”