Dallas Councilman Scott Griggs

A Dallas County grand jury today, Tuesday, Sept. 22, declined to indict Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs following allegations he threatened a city employee.

Griggs was accused of threatening Assistant City Secretary Bilierae Johnson in April over a dispute over the council agenda yelling, “You better not push those briefing materials out or I will break your fucking fingers!”

An indictment and possible felony charge could have landed cost Griggs his law license and up to 10 years in prison.

Griggs denied the charges from the beginning, even submitting to and passing a lie detector test. Supporters, including fellow councilmen Adam Medrano and Philip Kingston, said the charges were trumped up and retaliation by the mayor for his outspoken opposition to the Trinity toll road, fracking and other issues.

He ran for re-election in May unopposed – along with Kingston and Medrano.