Arrest warrant issued for Cleveland City Council member

Arrest warrant issued for Cleveland City Council member

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland City Council member TJ Dow is in trouble with the law.

A ticket issued to Dow -- written in May of 2014 -- cited him for him having earphones on while driving on Chagrin Boulevard. The court docket shows there was an initial not guilty plea, but after that Dow was a no-show.

Seven months later, in December, the arrest warrant was issued.

Cleveland 19 showed Dow a copy of the ticket at City Hall this week.

"I filed paperwork and I thought that was resolved," he said. "I thought the issue was resolved."

Dow is an attorney. He says he never got the notices the Shaker Court docket shows were sent to him. Dow believes the officer made an error in interpreting the law.

"We went over the statute and the headphone says you have to have both of your ears enclosed," he said.

But the place to argue that is in court, and right or wrong, he was a no-show.

"To me it was more of a racial profiling piece," he added.

How he knows or can prove that, he didn't explain.

The Shaker case is not alone. A check with Cleveland Municipal Court found an outstanding balance of $221.

When asked about the balance, Dow said he'd pay it.

"I mean, we'll get it done. I wasn't aware of it," he said. "I'll pay it."

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