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Councilor Miller charged with misdemeanor domestic assault

Grant Miller
Tulsa City Council
Grant Miller

Tulsa City Councilor Grant Miller was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and battery on Monday. He was arrested on the evening of April 25.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Miller's wife told Tulsa police she tried to hug Miller to calm him because he was agitated while looking at his phone. He then pushed her away and went into his bedroom to lie down. When she came into the bedroom, he was already lying down and allegedly kicked her with both feet, causing her to fall and hit the dresser. She also said Miller grabbed and pushed her during the confrontation.

The affidavit states officer Stephen Tidwell saw bruises on her arms and left hand. Tidwell said her mother initiated the report.

Domestic assault and battery is a misdemeanor in Oklahoma when it is a first offense. Public Radio Tulsa reached out to Miller about the charge but has not heard back.

Miller has also been involved in multiple legal battles involving the city and his office.

He was first investigated in 2022 for filming poll workers on Election Day. Miller was also the subject of a 2023 lawsuit against three other councilors he accused of texting about him during a committee meeting. His boss, attorney Ronald Durbin, represented the plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Miller and Durbin later sued Mayor G.T. Bynum for holding private discussions with councilors about a sales tax and bond package. They claimed the discussions violated state open meeting laws.

The Oklahoma Bar Association has also determined Miller failed to pass character and fitness requirements to practice law.

When asked if Miller would face discipline in his public capacity, Council Chairwoman Jeannie Cue said on April 26 the situation is "an ongoing legal matter" and declined to comment further.

None of the agendas for the council’s May 1 regular and committee meetings had items related to Miller's arrest or charge.

Max Bryan is a news anchor and reporter for KWGS. A Tulsa native, Bryan worked at newspapers throughout Arkansas and in Norman before coming home to "the most underrated city in America." Several of Bryan's news stories have either led to or been cited in changes both in the public and private sectors.