- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Shelby County Commissioner is facing an assault charge after a confrontation over a parking spot at a hospital.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1xUDQA0) reports Henri Brooks turned herself in at Jail East on Thursday shortly after a warrant was issued and was released on bond. Her attorney, Andre Wharton, says she is innocent of the charge.

“I know she will plead not guilty,” Wharton said. “That’s an emphatic answer.”

According to a police report, the conflict between Brooks and Liese Nichols occurred Tuesday in a parking area near Methodist University Hospital.

The report said Brooks “whipped her vehicle” around Nichols to take the space.

Nichols told police that she had to swerve to miss Brooks’ vehicle in the lot and then Brooks began yelling at her, grabbed her cellphone and dumped water on her.

Brooks said Nichols was the one who got in her face and began yelling.

Three witnesses told police they heard Brooks yelling racial slurs and saw her dump water on Nichols, according to the report. Brooks is African-American. Nichols is listed as white on the police report.

A special prosecutor has been appointed to the case.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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