Deputy Larry Fortson pointed his finger at Crittenden and shouted at the commissioner minutes after the meeting ended.
A representative of The Mirror witnessed the incident, the latest round in a longstanding feud between the commissioner and the judge.
Crittenden, who wasn’t arrested, told The Mirror he stopped the judge from turning off a tape recorder which Crittenden owns. The commissioner said Fowler “called me stupid like several times.”
“I grabbed his arm and kept him” from turning off the recorder, said Crittenden, who said Fortson “threatened to take me to jail if I touched the judge again.”
After Fortson intervened, Crittenden and Fowler were face-to-face briefly before Fowler began leaving the courtroom. The Mirror’s representative then heard Crittenden tell Fowler, “What is mine, you leave your hands off of, though. Don’t touch it, bishop.” (Fowler is a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.)
“Come on, gentlemen,” said Pct. 4 Comm. Glenn Campbell.
Fortson, who is a courthouse security deputy, said “I can’t talk to the press” when The Mirror asked him about the incident. Fowler wasn’t immediately available for comment.
During Monday’s meeting, Crittenden had said the floor was open for audience comment on an item on the agenda. Fowler then said, “Commissioner Crittenden, I’ll run the meeting, okay?”