Janis Fullilove Accused of Being Drunk at Council Meeting

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(Memphis) Memphis City Council members say the city's attorney is looking into Councilwoman Janis Fullilove's actions while on the board.

They say Fullilove shows up to meetings drunk and votes on items involving millions of your dollars.

A number of sources at city hall say Janis Fullilove was impaired, in some way, Tuesday.

We haven't seen or heard from her since she was taken out of the meeting, but with a history of alcohol and personal problems her judgment is in question.

There were warning signs Fullilove may have been impaired.

In a city recording, she repeatedly asks the speaker to repeat what she is saying.

It also shows Councilman Joe Brown walks over to Fullilove.

As the councilwoman appears to fall into Brown, the city's camera operator quickly swings off of them.

Later, during a discussion about a hotel, Fullilove comments about prostitution at the location.

“You just don't know honey, they be rocking it,” announced Fullilove during the official meeting of the city council.

After the vote, council members rushed over to Fullilove and someone walked her out of the chamber.

Council members say Fullilove's excessive use of alcohol is no secret.

In 2012, she was arrested with her husband after an alcohol fueled fight.

When Fullilove had the choice of going to rehab or jail, she didn't choose, and a judge ultimately cleared her.

WREG commentator Otis Sanford says Fullilove has been intoxicated at a council meeting before, “At best this is unprofessionalism, at worst it is messing with the public`s business."

“In these kinds of situations the only person who can really fix the problem is Janis herself,” said Councilman Jim Strickland.

Strickland says Fullilove was censured a few years back for a DUI arrest, but publicly reprimanding her is all council can do.

“The true people who can hold us accountable is the public on Election Day,” said Strickland.

News Channel 3 went to Fullilove's home and tried to call her, but our messages were not returned.


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