One Lawmaker Faces Charges,  While Another is Off the Hook

Posted on 05-25-2021

Delaware State Police (DSP) officials announced earlier this week the arrest of State Senator Darius Brown, (D-Wilmington East), in photo, connected to an altercation last weekend.
According to a news release issued by the DSP, troopers were dispatched to the Taverna Rustic Italian Restaurant on Silverside Road in Wilmington around 6:20 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a disturbance.
When the troopers arrived, they were contacted by a 44-year-old woman who informed them she had been punched in the face by Sen. Brown after they began arguing about a social media post. After he allegedly assaulted the victim, Sen. Brown got up from where they were seated and threw a glass of water, which broke into pieces. He reportedly exited the establishment prior to the trooper’s arrival.
Troopers obtained warrants for Sen. Brown’s arrest for Offensive Touching and Disorderly Conduct, both of which are misdemeanor offenses. He turned himself into Troop 1 on Tuesday, was arraigned, released on his own recognizance, and ordered to have no contact with the victim.
“Accusations of domestic violence are serious and in direct conflict with the values of the Delaware Senate Democratic Caucus,” Senate President Pro Tem Dave Sokola (D-Newark) said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday. “I will carefully consider whether any formal actions are warranted in the coming days as we learn more about this incident.”
The following day, Sen. Sokola said he was removing Sen. Brown as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which considers bills related to the criminal justice system. Sen. Kyle Evans Gay was appointed to take his place.
Also this week, the Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed that it has dropped an assault charge against State Rep. Andria Bennett (D-Dover East). Rep. Bennett was facing a misdemeanor offense for a domestic incident that occurred at a Dover home in mid-December. DOJ spokesman Mat Marshall said the charge was dropped in February because “the victim was unwilling to proceed.”
Andria Bennett replaced her husband, Brad Bennett, in the 32nd Representative District seat in November 2012. Brad Bennett decided not to seek reelection following his second DUI arrest in April of that year.