Smyrna officer facing domestic violence charges
by Kim Isaza
November 27, 2012 12:54 AM | 6260 views | 10 10 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Darryl L. Whitfield
Darryl L. Whitfield
SMYRNA — A Smyrna police officer has been suspended with pay after his arrest by Cobb Police on domestic-violence charges.

Cobb Police were called to the Powder Springs home of Darryl L. Whitfield, 36, shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday. Later that afternoon, Whitfield was arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, simple battery, cruelty to children in the third degree, and obstructing or hindering persons making an emergency telephone call.

According to an arrest warrant for Darryl Whitfield, police were called to his home on Sweet Springs Drive at 1 p.m. Saturday. Whitfield’s wife told police he had threatened to kill her and then himself, and threatened to kill their son if his wife would not go into a bedroom with Whitfield.

The couple’s 11-year-old son called police, and according to the warrant: “Victim was visibly shaking and whispered to said Juvenile son to call 911. Said accused did take the phone out of said Juvenile son’s hand and told the 911 dispatcher that there was nothing wrong and to not send the police.”

The warrant says that between Nov. 12 and Saturday, Whitfield had attacked his wife because he was angry that she put a password on her phone.

“Accused did grab said victim by her hair and did force her to the ground,” the warrant states.

Accused did punch said victim in her left arm, left torso and left thigh. Said accused then did place one hand around said victim’s neck and strangled her until their Juvenile son entered the room and begged said accused to stop.”

The child-cruelty charge stems from the boy witnessing the violence against his mother, according to the warrant.

Whitfield was released from Cobb Jail early Sunday on $11,220 bond.

A telephone message left at the Whitfield home was not returned before press time.

Whitfield has been a Smyrna police officer for eight years and is assigned to the uniform patrol division. He is suspended with pay while Smyrna Police internal affairs investigates.
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to mrs w
December 03, 2012
I will gladly let you help me pack,... but unfortunately my neighborhood a few blocks from Market Village is being devalued by the Concord Road waste & lack of businesses!!

The WISER thing you could do to help your community & your Smyrna neighbors, would be to demand the city council & mayor to start actually LEADING this city.

In case you've had your head in the sand, Smyrna Heights (400t homes) is becoming no more than a rental, rundown slum.

Instead of attacking people that want elected officials to do the right thing w/ our tax money, maybe you should do some research & realize Smyrna has fallen way, way behind other similar sized cities.

When the only revenue coming in is property tax,... and the property values continue to decline, citizens become poorer & it becomes harder & harder to attract any business!

ps- went to dinner in Dunwoody last nite, it was alive & vibrant,.. came home to Smyrna,... a ghost town!
mary kirkendoll
November 30, 2012
There is a leadership problem in Smyrna.

There is no communication w/ the citizens or the community.

It is clear to anyone w/ an education, that businesses are steering clear of Smyrna. This, in turn drives our land & house values very very LOW!

Much lower than surrounding QUALITY cities.

You can't find a single family home in Dunwoody, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven & very few in the city of Decatur ,..for under 200,000. Tear downs might run 150,000.

Smyrna is awash w/ homes from 60,000-125,000.

Too many neighborhoods are simply run down & ignored!

The conditions in Smyrna Heights are beginning to resemble old Atlanta slums!

There is NOONE in Smyrna that understands how to bring house values UP!

Running businesses out , leaving roads looking desolate, no quality of life, that's the Smyrna way!

Yes, I certainly could do a better job than the mayor.

One reason,.. I'm honest & don't have to have worms speaking for me under anonymous names.!
Mrs. W.
November 30, 2012
Dear Mary, May I help you pack???

Cordially, Smyrna Girl (always!)
November 29, 2012
MK is purely in need of therapy and in need of moving. Housing prices are down all over the country and Mayors, Police Chiefs, etc. don't have anything to do with it. MK, move. Just move. Your rants are laughable now. I guess if we elected you as Mayor, you could raise home values??? Wow, we are ignoring a true genius then. You need to be President Koo-Koo so you can raise all home values. Just shut up and get a hobby. Either run for office with all your brilliant ideas or shut up. Wait--you don't have any brilliant ideas--you just have hatred for Smyrna. La, de, da. You can't shop at one of the newest, finest Kroger's the chain has to offer, but must go to East Cobb to shop. Then move to East Cobb. You toot Roswell so much, but Roswell has a HUGE immigrant problem. Just move away from Smyrna, Mary Koo-Koo.
guest reader
November 27, 2012
But that what foolish people do; they come on threads like these and ascribe blame for personal foolish reasons without all of the facts; the mayor and or the police chief have nothing to do with this officer being arrested and charged
mk-reality check
November 27, 2012
This seems to be systemic problem w/in the city of Smyrna.

The only news coming out of Smyrna, for many years,is bad news.

At some point, the mayor must accept responsibly for the poor conditions that Smyrna finds itself in.

Any one watching the police chief in action over the last several years, make's one wonder the reason the chief taking early retirement. He seems unable to comprehend what people are saying & just barely able to read his police crime stats at city meetings.

This could have an effect on the entire department's morale.

Police officers must be held to a higher standard of moral & ethical values than the average person.

I just wish the police chief had stepped up in the beginning & told the truth about who gave the order to have me arrested.

It's not too late to tell the truth, Chief Hook. It would make your retirement years much more rewarding.
thomas andrews
November 28, 2012
The man has been Chief for over twenty years. What exactly is early about his retirement? Go tilt some more windmills.
November 27, 2012
You can't blame a Mayor for what a police officer does, people. You can't even blame the police chief for what a police officer does in his private time. These things happen and the person to blame is the police officer--no more, no less. To even try to blame anyone else is just plain foolish and hateful.

November 27, 2012
Smyrna, a big circus, run by a big clown!

Smart, educated folks,.. stay away!
November 27, 2012

Wow. What can you say about Smyrna that Smyrna doesn't say about itself? I am sure MK will find a few topics to cover.

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