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CROWN POINT — A report released Monday by the Merrillville Police Department details a previously unnoticed domestic fight involving Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington.

Merrillville police were dispatched for reports of a family fight the night of March 30, 2013, to Washington's home in the 5600 block of Connecticut Street in Merrillville, according to a police report.

Washington told officers he wanted his daughter removed from his home after a physical altercation, the report states. Washington claimed his daughter threw a punch at him, while the woman said Washington put her in a headlock.

Washington had a mark on his forehead, the report states. The woman did not have any apparent injuries, and agreed to leave the home with her child and some clothes.

Neither party was charged in the altercation, according to court records.

The report was obtained from the Merrillville Police Department through a request filed under Indiana's Access to Public Records Act.

Washington, 44, was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with five felony charges on allegations he threatened a 23-year-old cousin with a sledgehammer during a two-hour ordeal at his Merrillville home.

The cousin, Kamaria Buckley, told The Times in an interview Friday night she made up those allegations, but the Lake County prosecutor's office is moving forward with charges based on her initial police statement.

Washington was previously convicted of misdemeanor battery for pushing his wife in December 2015.

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Another report obtained through the records request details a previously unreported allegation that Washington violated the terms of a protective order issued in his wife's battery case. 

Washington allegedly spoke with his 15-year-old daughter April 16, 2016, outside a Family Dollar store in Merrillville, despite a protective order prohibiting Washington from contacting the girl, according to the report.

Washington allegedly chased down his daughter in his vehicle after spotting her with a teenage boy outside the discount store, the report states. He asked about the boy, whom she identified as her boyfriend, and then hugged her.

The interaction left the girl “crying and shaking,” the affidavit states. She told police Washington was allowed to see her only if it was approved by her therapist.

The daughter told police during the investigation of the mother's battery that Washington was "controlling and manipulative," and he had physically abused her in the past, a police report states. 

That was allegedly the third time Washington violated the court's protective order, according to police records. 

He also allegedly texted his wife repeatedly after he was charged Dec. 3, 2015, with attacking the wife and his employee at his home in Merrillville.

Those text messages caused prosecutors to file an additional invasion of privacy charge against Washington.

The state also requested a judge revoke his bond because of the unlawful communication, but the judge denied that request.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.