By on July 5, 2016

Edsel B. Ford II

Edsel Ford II, great-grandson of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, was arrested after an altercation at his Grosse Pointe Farms home last night, but no charges came out of this morning’s arraignment.

According to reports from the arraignment by the Detroit Free Press, police were called to the home by Ford’s wife, Cynthia Layne Neskow. The 67-year-old Ford, son of Henry Ford II and cousin of company chairman William Clay Ford, Jr,  spent the night in jail awaiting a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Those charges were denied by the Grosse Pointe Farms city attorney due to lack of evidence, and Ford was released this morning at 11:45 a.m. The company that bears his family’s name released a statement saying it was aware of the incident, but wouldn’t comment on a “personal matters.”

In a statement reported by Freep, Police Chief Daniel Jensen said Ford’s wife didn’t want to press charges. The incident that led to yesterday’s 11:30 p.m. arrest was a “very minor” physical assault, he said, and responding officers found evidence of a minor altercation, though Ford’s wife didn’t sustain any injuries.

“There was no felonious assault,” said Jensen. “There was contact made, which is what brings us into arrest mode.”

In this case, the assault involved hands being placed on a person. There were no witnesses to the altercation, making it a he said-she said situation. Alcohol was involved in the incident.

Police said Ford took the phone away from his wife during her call, but he handed it back.

Ford briefly ran Ford of Australia from 1978 to 1980, and is a member of Ford Motor Company’s board of directors. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan and owns (and chairs) Pentastar Aviation, LLC, an aviation services company. Ford and Neskow have four grown children, two of which work for Ford.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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79 Comments on “Edsel Ford II Arrested After Altercation; Domestic Violence Charges Denied...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Non-story. Tune in later for Jerry’s Final Thought.

  • avatar

    Under pressure from domestic violence activists (who generally ignore the 75% of domestic violence that is either started by women or mutually initiated – see Gelles, Summers and Schwartz), police just about have to arrest someone when responding to a domestic violence call. It’s usually the man who gets arrested, regardless of who was actually violent.

    I know of a case where someone was attacked by his wife, the only physical evidence indicated he was the victim: he had an abrasion on his face and his shirt was torn. Of course she called the police on him, who proceeded to arrest him because by the time they got there she was calmly passive aggressive while he was justifiably belligerent.

    No charges were ever filed but she did demonstrate just how much power she had.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Since when does the Justice system dispense justice?

      • 0 avatar

        Now that the FBI has become the Federal Bureau of Recommendations, justice is on the way out. But then it has been for some time.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Rule of law is so overrated anyway.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          This just clarifies it.

          Sadly, it may not matter come November.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Based on some odd stuff I heard in Prague, I’d watch to see who is selected as the next Russian leader. Fireworks may be a comin’.

        • 0 avatar

          It become actually “Federal Bureau of Recommendations to not Prosecute if your last name start with C and end with N even if you committed crime or lied under oath. Justice for all with some exceptions”

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Have you noticed how few Republicans care? They are silent. And why? You see, it is because all these principled conservatives actually welcome the next Clinton Presidency.

            Because they know it beats the alternative.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            The Clintons are good, solid reliable grafters in the grand American tradition, personally lawyerly enough to never be successfully prosecuted. They’re a bedrock of stability.

            Their Republican counterparts and their forbears are no different. They appreciate this stability. Trump can’t give them that. There’s always the chance that he’ll go batsh1t crazy in some fit of pique.

            Odd, but it’s really a matter of breeding, isn’t it? Slick Willy came up to speed mighty fast.

          • 0 avatar
            brenschluss

            Our choices are a poisoned omelette, made in the kitchen, out of sight; and those same eggs thrown at the wall and called a meal.

          • 0 avatar
            FromaBuick6

            “Principled conservatives?” Oh, you mean like Romney, the job-killing dog abuser? Or the Bush family, whose many truthisms include “Read my lips: no new taxes” and “Mission accomplished?”

            Quit embarrassing yourself. You’d be denouncing these frauds under any other circumstance, making you just as big of a fraud.

            These clowns are only silent because they realize that their livelihood is less jeopardized by being the loyal opposition to (i.e. bought off by) Clinton or any generic Democrat.

            But you go right on believing that there’s a safe, prosperous future for you and yours by continuing to blindly support one side of our farcical two party system.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “These clowns..” are very, very rich and you’re not. So maybe the problem is you.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            OK,
            I actually will “go on believing that there’s a safe, prosperous future for you and yours by continuing to blindly support one side of our farcical two party system.”

            I see the longest period in our country’s history of private sector job growth.

            I see severe reductions in war efforts and many fewer dead and injured troops.

            I see marriage equality.

            I see that 15 million people have health insurance, who did not before ACA.

            I see that the debt as a % of GDP has been flat since the great recession was ended by Obama.

            And I see real prosperity for myself. So, yeah, I’ll keep believing.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            Is boasting about eating dogs in his book better or worse than giving a dog a ride in a dog carrier on the luggage rack of a car? Criticizing Romney for mistreating dogs in a race with Obama is like criticizing Trump for mistreating women in a race against a Clinton. It’s a badge of ignorance.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            Vogo explains it all. Constant job growth is somehow more important than substantial job growth. QE has suspended the business cycle. It will return, and there will be blood. Speaking of blood, there were 630 US combat fatalities in Afghanistan under Bush. There have been 1,752 under Obama. Ask a gay if they feel like they have marriage equality. You see 15 million people who have health insurance who didn’t have it before? I talk to people who have had their coverage reduced to catastrophic care while their premiums have entered the stratosphere fairly regularly. But hey, as long as people who didn’t prioritize health coverage now have better coverage than the people forced at gun barrel to pay for it do… I see that people who can’t tell the difference between our deficit and our debt still exist. No wonder Hillary Clinton avoiding prosecution isn’t a death sentence for her corrupt political party, not that the other one is much better. As long as you’re doing well, right? Your turn to be kulak will come.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            ToddAtlas,
            I don’t know where your mother’s basement is, but I bet there is a nearby Community College where you could find an introductory economics course. That might serve you better than continually re-reading ‘The Fountainhead.’

            You have so much hate. I do worry about what outlets you’ll find once your mother turns off your internet access.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            I demolished your lies and misconceptions. You insulted me. Did it help you live with knowing you’re wrong?

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “I demolished your lies and misconceptions. ”

            You did no such thing. you spewed a bunch of truthy talking points, then patted yourself on the back so hard you dislocated your shoulder.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      I just have to ask: What is that URL to which your name links supposed to be? “http://www.xn--mtrbla-wqfbb5vb.xn--cm-fmc/” isn’t a valid Web address.

      Oh, and the best part about anecdotal evidence is that anyone can find something to fit their side.

    • 0 avatar
      countymountie

      Domestic violence activists pressure lawmakers who write laws that tie the hands of the police in so many cases. The real fault lies with politicians, not the police. There are groups that “educate” police to examine cases where women are the aggressors and look for more subtle indicators to “understand” what may have caused them to act out, thus not making them liable for criminal activity. Most cops balk at this load of crap.

      Another factor with crime in general and domestic violence in particular is that men make poor victims in the immediate aftermath of an incident. They are much more apt to say nothing happened because they don’t want to appear to be “victims” and lose face or have their masculinity threatened. It’s much easier after the fact to complain about the cops ignoring them or brushing them off because we want to believe the worst in the cops and accept that as truth.

      I think you oversimplify and place blame in the wrong area but your conclusion is correct. Men get arrested more frequently. I’ll also oversimplify and state that cases rarely get dismissed as quickly as this one did where the defendants have much less clout. That too is a political issue and less of a cop issue.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Rich white guy gets away with beating his wife. It’s 2016 and this is still news.

    I especially love how desperately Ronnie needs chime in on how 75% of domestic violence is the victim’s fault. “Well she asked for it!”

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      Ronnie was making the point you backed up. The woman is the victim 100% of the time, even when she’s the one that starts it, and the only one to resort to violence.

      • 0 avatar
        RHD

        There is a growing industry in Victims – being a “victim”, and providing services to the “victims” – as long as the “victim” is female.
        The sad fact is that in spite of long-held assumptions, men are the victims of domestic violence much more often than women are, but there are no shelters for men, but there are plenty for women and children.

        This is just the tip of the iceberg, which is off-topic for this website.

        That said, Mr. Ford appears to be developing the puffy red nose of an alcoholic, whose cirrhotic liver is beginning to impede blood circulation.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          “Men are the victims of domestic violence much more often than women are.”

          Did you actually write those words? Wow. Just wow.

          • 0 avatar
            FromaBuick6

            VoGo: “Wow. Just wow.”

            Rather than putting words in your mouth I’ll let Urban Dictionary do it for me.

            “Wow. Just Wow: Self-parodying phrase commonly uttered by intellectually sheltered political ideologues expressing visceral contempt for ideas they can’t logically rebut.”

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            FromaBuick6,
            Do you have to pay royalties to Massengill every time you post?

        • 0 avatar
          Kenmore

          “men are the victims of domestic violence much more often than women are”

          Only if you include “psychological aggression”. Poor iddo boys.

          As far as bleeding meat and busted bones, 14.8% of all women in hetero relations have suffered physical violence, 4% of men.

          • 0 avatar
            FromaBuick6

            “’men are the victims of domestic violence much more often than women are’

            Only if you include ‘psychological aggression’. Poor iddo boys.”

            So, if a man is psychologically abusive towards a woman, would you be equally dismissive, or would you grab your “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt and join the protest calling for the man to be fired from his job?

            If you need to consult your SJW handbook before answering, I have all night…

            “As far as bleeding meat and busted bones, 14.8% of all women in hetero relations have suffered physical violence, 4% of men.”

            Source or its BS. Besides, if you think men are supposed to be so tough compared to poor defenseless little women, 14.8% vs. 4% seems pretty insignificant. Moreover, while I would assume that both sexes underreport abuse, men are even more likely to remain silent due to social stigma. And, if you don’t think that women are capable of faking physical/sexual abuse claims for spite or financial gain, I’d like to sell you the bridge you’ve been living under…

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            Look it up like I did. Report your hugely disparate findings. Savage my credibility, you big brute!

          • 0 avatar
            FromaBuick6

            “Look it up like I did. Report your hugely disparate findings. Savage my credibility, you big brute!”

            Oh, sorry, I figured that the knee-jerk liberal “Source?” reaction to statistics that jeopardize one’s fragile worldview worked the other way as well. I forgot that intellectual honesty wasn’t you guys’ strong suit.

            I’m not doing your legwork for you.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “I’m not doing your legwork for you.”

            Right, you’d be doing it for yourself. I already did mine.

            Either provide contradictory numbers with a reference or accept the implication that you know you can’t.

            If you’re so wrapped up in this you’d have already attempted it. And maybe you have.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            FromaBuick6: “I refuse to use the internet for any purpose other then spewing hate and lies. If I had wanted to actually learn something, I’d have stayed in middle school.”

    • 0 avatar

      Thanks for the two bit psychoanalysis and drive by character assassination.

      Long term studies show that domestic violence is an equal opportunity crime. 25% of incidents are started by men, 25% by women and half are mutual. Those are the facts. Not only did you badly misrepresent what I said, you also are under the impression that women are the only victims of domestic violence.

      In you zeal to be a white knight, you also misrepresented what happened between the Fords. Nobody beat his wife in this case. The police say he grabbed her, the physical contact requiring them to respond.

      75% of domestic violence is not “the victim’s fault” but women are the perpetrators in 25% of the incidents. Why can’t you give women the agency of being willful criminals?

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Women are littler, Ronnie. It’s bad to hit them.

        • 0 avatar

          Not when they hit first. Self defense is a fundamental human right. There’s no “she gets one free punch” rule.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Come on, Ronnie,
            No one is arguing that domestic violence is OK for women, and not men. No one rational, anyway.

            I would caution against the argument of “Well, she started it, so I finished it.” That leads nowhere good.

            People shouldn’t be violent with their family. Full stop. Let’s move on.

      • 0 avatar
        VoGo

        Apologies, Ronnie,
        I didn’t realize you were an eye witness and knew exactly what happened.

        • 0 avatar

          I’m just relying on what the police chief, who says no beating took place, reported:

          “Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Director. Daniel Jensen at a press conference this morning said the incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. at Ford’s Lakeshore Drive home.

          “There was a sign there had been some physical altercation,” involving Ford’s wife, Cynthia. He said it was a “very minor” physical assault — just hands placed on person. He said alcohol was involved and Mrs. Ford had called police.”

          In what universe is placing hands on someone a beating?

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “In what universe is placing hands on someone a beating?”

            In any universe where women notoriously under-report or entirely decline to report because of all the social consequences if word gets out of what really happened, combined with the hideously complex feelings involved.

            And also because of fear of something worse down the road if they report in full.

            You’re a little guy; you should have some empathy.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Ronnie,
            You weren’t there. I wasn’t there. The police weren’t there until after the fact.

            What we do know is that victims of domestic violence are often pressured into recanting the truth.

            Look at Ivanka Trump. She stated clearly that she was violently raped by Donald Trump. Soon afterwards, they agreed to a financial settlement which has been sealed and she is now silent on the matter.

            Don’t you think the American public deserves to know what is in that document? Shouldn’t they know whether a major candidate for president is a rapist?

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “In what universe is placing hands on someone a beating?”

            AFAIK the simple act of placing your hands on someone who doesn’t want it or isn’t expecting it can be construed as “assault,” if they want to press the issue.

            at any rate, in a case like this where there’s a domestic dispute, alcohol is involved, and there’s the mere accusation that one side laid hands on the other, the “zero tolerance” mentality of domestic violence calls means the police are going to be bringing *someone* in.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    C’mon guys, we know no facts here. Is it really necessary to immediately trot out all the cliches about how men are the real victims and can’t get a fair shake?

  • avatar
    haroldingpatrick

    I hope Mr Ford has the same response as his father, who was arrested for drunk driving and got put in the drunk tank. “Never complain, never explain”. It’s not any of our business.

    The riskiest thing most men ever do is get married. I suppose it’s even harder to put her ass to the curb when much of your resources consist of Ford family preferred stock that you inherited.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    Wow. Apologism for a crazy, racist antisemite in the articles and apologism for domestic violence in the comments. I may have to rethink my regular-visitor status. The dog-whistling is making me deaf.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Please, do rethink it.

    • 0 avatar
      Patrick M

      PeriSoft, I second that.. All for news about cars I’ll never be able to afford. What’s wrong with me??

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      PeriSoft,
      Well, TTAC comments will always include those from Men’s Right’s! knuckle-draggers but what on earth is objectionable in the article? How could it be more neutral? Steph has reported other people’s statements and decisions without a whiff of his own opinion about them.

      Must every mention of Ford be accompanied by “(whose founder was best buds with a Jew-hatin’, mass-murderin’ maniac)”?

      You don’t *seem* like a moron so what am I missing?

      • 0 avatar
        VoGo

        Kenmore,
        I had interpreted Perisoft’s mention of a “crazy, racist antisemite” as Trump. Especially in light of his recent Star of David attack on Hillary.

        Because, like you say, Henry Ford’s sins are water way under the bridge, at least in my book.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Everyone needs to lay off the Hateorade and sober up a little. Life is too short.

          Peace.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Peace be unto you as well, brother,

            But are you the same 28CL who just called someone a “career criminal” and “owned by bankers” because you disagree with her politics?

            Have a blessed day!

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            If you don’t know Hillary Clinton is a career criminal, that is about blind allegiance to a political party. I wouldn’t even call it an ideology, because what values does she have? Enabling rape? That’s not very nice. Selling influence? What does that do for you? Getting intelligence assets killed? What do you like about that one? Dressing like Kim Jung Un? Your browser history must be a horror show. Manipulating stock prices downward to cash in on shorts? It doesn’t seem admirable where I’m standing. Lying shamelessly? Now I get why you feel a bond with her.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “Hillary Clinton is a career criminal”

            She’s certainly made a career of accomplishing more than any of us. That’s criminal!

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            What are her accomplishments? About a thousand Democratic politicians and shills would love to have a single talking point concerning something she did that was legal or admirable.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            What are Hillary’s accomplishments? Aside from surviving and thriving despite the relentless attacks of so very many fools, I would start with:
            • Iran sanctions that brought them to the table
            • Restored American primacy in international relations after the disastrous Bush years
            • Got SCHIP enacted to expand health care coverage for millions of children
            • Authored the Pediatric Research Equity Act.
            • Negotiated the new START arms control treaty with Russia,
            • Opened ties to Myanmar
            • Compelled the Chinese to commit to cutting carbon emissions
            • Championed enactment of the Adoption and Safe Families Act
            • Led State Dept. when Osama bin Laden killed
            • Increased exports to China 50% under her leadership at State
            • Introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act as well as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
            • Galvanizing the Senate after the tragedy of 9/11

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            When Iran nukes a US city, you can thank Hillary all you want. This SCHIP BS is a recent invention. http://archive.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/03/14/clinton_role_in_health_program_disputed/?page=full People knew she was lying about her role as recently as July 3, 2016.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “When Iran nukes a US city, you can thank Hillary all you want.”

            I get to pick! I get to pick!

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            What, specifically, are YOUR accomplishments, ToddAtlas?

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “When Iran nukes a US city, you can thank Hillary all you want.”

            nobody is crazy enough to try that. The “nuclear bogeyman” pretty much died in December of 1991.

            they know damn well that lobbing a nuke at *anybody* (not just us) would be ensuring their own destruction.

        • 0 avatar
          Kenmore

          VoGo,
          Ah… comes the dawn. Thanks, I was hella perplexed.

          There are just so many crazy, racist antisemites to choose from, foreign and domestic, I get the models confused.

        • 0 avatar
          MRF 95 T-Bird

          Back in the late 60’s when I was in 2nd grade I did a book report on Henry Ford. I guess it was one of those early grade level biographies which most schools had. It just focused on the advent of the automobile and mass production. I’m sure if it was a more advanced book in the H.S. curriculum it would have delved into his more odious side and his publication of the International Jew.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      You’re accusing *Ronnie* of being an apologist for a crazy anti-Semite?

    • 0 avatar
      VenomV12

      Yep PeriSoft, you get to see some of these people’s true colors come out and it is not a pretty sight.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    “Alcohol was involved in the incident.”

    There’s your culprit right there.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    A Ford spent the night in jail? What, no one wanted to bail him out?

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    Billionaire whose family owns the majority of prime real estate in the town and whose taxes pay the salaries of everyone in it and whose company is one of the largest in the state and the world does not get charged, shocking.

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    http://www.inquisitr.com/3276531/christie-brinkley-turns-hose-on-woman-who-pees-in-her-yard-and-defends-her-actions-on-facebook/

    The woman peeing in Brinkley’s yard while hurling obscenities and objects at her is now considering filing harassment charges at the property owner following the responding police not making an arrest in a conflict between two women. Any male parties in this conflict and someone’s going to jail for the night, and it wouldn’t be the woman whether she was the indecently exposed trespassing vandal throwing things or the property owner with the hose. I’ve seen what happens when the police witness a woman assaulting a man who called them. They took her away only to take her home so she could steal his money to pay her bail. Then they did their best to make sure the case never came before a judge. Somehow, he never got his bail back just for insult to injury(ies). The SJWs here are in for a rude surprise if their balls ever drop.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Excellent work, ToddAtlas,
      Please keep us updated on all the latest Christie Brinkley gossip. You’re doing a great job!

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        This article has roused all the weenie-men faster than a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        apparently he doesn’t realize that when he types “SJW” the rest of us interpret it as “I blame women for my inability to get laid.”

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          Your INCEL status has you confused. Most SJW women look just like you. People like me know legal inequality is dangerous because we’ve had women in our lives and beds who taught us the danger. It’s real easy to sit back with your fantasies and argue that women are all sweetness and light. I’ve been awakened by the rescue squad, called by my girlfriend who claimed she couldn’t wake me up before leaving for a smoke. They threw me against the wall while they looked for the missing woman who made the call, even though there was no allegation of violence or abuse, just that I was passed out and she couldn’t revive me with a sternum massage. She somehow missed them as they took the elevator and she took the stairs or vice-versa, turning me from a potential patient to a potential perpetrator. Did I forget to mention it was on my birthday?

          I remember when the internet made it so all sorts of people who couldn’t get laid suddenly could. Now, it has taken the internet to teach me that there are once again people who’ve taken themselves out of the game.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Will the judge sentence him to drive a early model Pinto? Or a 60’s-70’s era Ford with a C4 or C6 that inadvertently shifts out of park?

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