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Everson Griffen won't face felony charge in LAPD crotch-grabbing incident

February 1, 2011 |  3:44 pm

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file felony charges Tuesday against former USC football standout Everson Griffen, who allegedly grabbed the crotch of a Los Angeles police officer during a traffic stop near campus.

Prosecutors said they would refer the case to the city attorney's office for possible misdemeanor filing because Griffen, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, does not have a criminal record and because of the "absence of injury" to the police officer.

Prosecutors did not reference a 2009 case in Massachusetts in which Griffen was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace.

Griffen was booked on suspicion of felony battery in the incident reported about 4 p.m. Monday at 30th and Hoover streets, said LAPD spokeswoman Karen Rayner.

The incident took place during a stop for "multiple traffic violations," prosecutors said. Officers asked Griffen for his license, which turned out not to be valid, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Griffen refused to comply with the commands of officers and refused to be handcuffed or go to jail, prosecutors wrote. At one point Griffen "turned and faced [an] officer in a threatening manner." The officer used a Taser on the decorated defensive lineman and told him to stop resisting.

As Griffen continued resisting, he was jolted a second time, according to the filing declination. As the officer tried to restrain Griffen, he grabbed the officer's crotch.

During the incident, LAPD sources said Griffen sprinted away from the officers, who eventually caught up with him.


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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photos: (top) Everson Griffen walks off the field before a game with Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2009. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times. (bottom) Griffen in 2009.