Commissioner Justin Ford must wear ankle bracelet due to charges

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford appeared before a judge Tuesday on assault and false imprisonment charges.

Ford was peppered with questions but refused to say anything.

"Mr. Ford has no comment. Mr. Ford has no comment."

The Shelby County commissioner is accused of attacking his girlfriend in her car in a Church's Chicken parking lot Sunday night.

"I hear somebody yelling, 'Somebody help me, please.'"

The man who called 911 said he saw Ford putting his girlfriend into a headlock and pulling her back into the car every time she would try to get out.

That's something Ford's attorney, Coleman Garrett, is calling into question.

"I'm wary of why there's not a statement from the alleged victim in this case. Why are we talking about a witness statement?"

We still have no statement from Ford himself.

He spent the entire morning dodging cameras and then left the building by darting into another judge's courtroom. He was then seen running out the back.

We were told there were "safety concerns" in the hallway and the judge instructed the bailiffs to do whatever they saw fit to get Ford out of the building.

Ford is out of jail and has been ordered to wear an ankle bracelet.

He is expected to be back in court on May 2. A special prosecutor will handle his case after the Shelby County district attorney's office recused itself.