Justin Griffith

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Service Record

Erie Pennsylvania Police Department

Rank Corporal
Dates of Service Hired in 2008.[1]
Salary $87,951 (2017)[2]
Last Known Status Suspended[1]

Incident Reports

2016 Assault of Patrick Gehrlein

On October 10, 2016, Griffith responded to a domestic disturbance and took Patrick Gehrlein into custody. Griffith was accused of kicking Gehrlein in the face while he was handcuffed and prone. Three other officers reported the assault.[1][3]

Response Timeline

In December 2016, Griffith was suspended without pay.[4]

Griffith was charged with misdemeanor simple assault.[1]

In 2017, Griffith was acquitted of the charge.[1]

In 2017, Griffith was reinstated to the police force.[1]

2021 Arrest for Domestic Violence

On February 13, 2021, Griffith's wife called 911 to report that he had repeatedly struck her in the face.[1]

Response Timeline

Griffith was "immediately" placed on administrative leave.[4]

In February 2021, Griffith was arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault.[1]

In February 2021, Griffith was suspended from the department.[1]

In March 2021, Griffith's suspension became unpaid.[1]

On November 12, 2021, Griffith was convicted of a lesser charge of third-degree misdemeanor simple assault, which carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison.[1]

After the domestic violence conviction, Griffith would not be eligible for police officer certification in Pennsylvania, nor would he be allowed to possess a firearm under federal law.[1]