After winning reelection, Chelsea city councilor arrested after fight with his wife

Just hours after a Chelsea city councilor won reelection Tuesday, he was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Councilor Calvin Brown, 49, is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning in Chelsea District Court.

Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, Brown called police to report a fight between him and his wife, according to the arrest report. He told police that after he had arrived home from celebrating his electoral victory, he and his wife began quarreling. Both Brown and his wife told police they had been drinking.


As the quarrel grew more heated, Brown’s wife began breaking things in the house, and “a pushing and slapping match erupted,” officers wrote in their report.

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Brown had scratches on his cheek, neck, and arm. His wife’s left eye was swollen, but she signed a document refusing an emergency restraining order.

“She went on to say that she did not want him arrested and that she was going to stay with her mother,” the report stated.

Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office, said he did not know why police did not also arrest the wife. “It’s generally a decision made by the officers at the scene,” he said.

Chelsea police did not return a phone call seeking comment.


Brown was reelected to the council along with incumbents Brian Hatleberg and Leo Robinson against challenger Deborah Washington, a former city councilor. Three at-large seats were open.

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