John Conyers III, who was endorsed by his father Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to replace him in Congress, was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of domestic violence, but was not prosecuted, according to a new report.
Conyers III was arrested in February in Los Angeles on suspicion of violence against his girlfriend, who contacted law enforcement after she told police Conyers III “body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her,” NBC News reported.
Conyers III had suspected her of cheating on him after he looked at her computer. The victim said she tried to call the police, but Conyers III took her phone and chased her into the kitchen. She instructed him to leave the residence after grabbing a knife. She said he took the knife and cut her arm.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said there was a “lack of independent witnesses” and determined it could “not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained” in the altercation.
Prosecutors also determined the victim did not have any visible injuries except for a minor stab on her arm.
Conyers announced Tuesday his immediate retirement amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Conyers admitted to a settlement, but denied the allegations of sexual impropriety.
Conyers said he was endorsing Conyers III to take the seat after him.
"My legacy will continue through my children," Conyers said on “The Mildred Gaddis Show" Tuesday morning. "I have a great family here, and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III, who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress."
Although Conyers has endorsed Conyers III, Conyer’s grand-nephew Ian Conyers, a member of the Michigan Senate, said he plans to run for the seat.