FROM BELOW: ...The wife of Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow claims the chief abused her in the past, according to an internal police report... Bryan police Chief Ty Morrow's wife said Wednesday that her husband had never abused her, contradicting statements that she made to police over the weekend when officers were called to a disturbance at the couple's home... Wednesday, Cindy Morrow said her nose was never confirmed broken and the black eye happened during sex... "It's unfortunate that a
BRYAN POLICE CHIEF TEMPORARILY STEPS DOWN
Crystal Galny firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 24, 2008
[Excerpts] Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow has voluntarily placed himself on administrative leave until an investigation is complete regarding a weekend domestic dispute. In an memo sent to the police department Monday afternoon, Chief Morrow wrote that he and his wife had a disagreement early Sunday morning in which he called police for assistance... Chief Morrow called police at 12:47 a.m. saying he handcuffed his wife after an argument became physical. Chief Morrow told police that he didn't want to interfere with his wife's access to police and asked that officers respond to their home. Both suffered minor injuries... Both claimed the other person instigated the confrontation, and neither wished to pursue criminal charges. According to the police report, alcohol could be smelled on the breaths of both Ty and Cindy Morrow. "This is an extremely embarrassing situation for me and my family," Chief Morrow wrote in the memo. "Since this incident my wife and I have reconciled." A joint criminal investigation will be conducted by Bryan Police and the Brazos County's Sheriff's Office. Those results are expected to be completed by Wednesday and turned over to the County Attorney's Office. Results of an internal affairs investigation will be turned over the City Manager. "I want to ensure that my family and I are addressed as any other member of the community would be addressed in a similar situation," Morrow wrote... [Full article here]
BRYAN CHIEF PUT ON LEAVE
The Bryan College Station Eagle
By Kelly Brown email@example.com
November 25, 2008 6:05 AM
[Excerpts] Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an investigation into a family violence call that officers made at his home over the weekend... Morrow told The Eagle that his wife had too much to drink at a charity function in College Station and he wouldn't let her drive home. The verbal dispute continued at their house when she "continued to assault me" Morrow said. Cindy Morrow could not be reached for comment... Peter Scheets, an assistant police chief, initially said a sergeant within the department would investigate the situation and present his findings to the Brazos County Attorney's Office. However, Scheets later said he spoke with County Attorney Rod Anderson who suggested an outside agency help with the inquiry, so a deputy [???] with the sheriff's department will oversee the investigation with the assistance of the Bryan sergeant. The deputy will present his findings to Anderson's office. Scheets said a parallel investigation by an internal affairs officer at the Bryan department also is ongoing. The officer will file his report directly with City ManagerDavid Watkins. That it will be Watkins who will rule on the findings from internal affairs -- either clearing Morrow of any wrongdoing or opting to take personnel action -- raises a potential issue: Whether Watkins is the best city official to be making the call. Watkins had his own experience with police who were summoned to a disturbance at his house 2 1/2 months ago. No charges were filed in the case, which now is closed. Watkins said he's confident he will be objective in deciding Morrow's case. Police reports state that Watkins and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation while driving home from a reception late Sept. 11. He pulled into a gas station and got out of the car when she moved to the driver's seat and left him behind, prompting him to call a taxi, according to the report. Once at home, Watkins and his wife again were fighting and the pair got into a shoving match, Watkins said. Reached on Monday, Kay Watkins said: "Unfortunately a private matter has become public because of my husband's position. We made a mistake and have forgiven each other. David is dedicated to his work and his family and this incident is behind us." Watkins described the incident as an intense argument that his wife didn't want to escalate, so she called police. "I want people to trust that we have integrity in the process," Watkins said of the inquiry into Morrow. "I think, personally, that I'm objective enough to review Det. Jackie Maynard's analysis in the internal affairs report, but if anyone questions that, then I'd have no problem having someone else take a look at it." Mayor Mark Conlee said he has no concerns about Watkins' involvement. "From what I understand, Ty Morrow handled his situation in a professional way, taking himself out of the picture in the investigation, and I think David is just as professional," Conlee said. "If either were trying to hide something, they'd have kept the police out of it." Conlee said he will monitor the inquiry closely.
"As far as I'm concerned, the incident with David and his wife is between them -- no charges were filed and it was a private situation," Conlee said... [Full article here]
BRYAN CITY MANAGER TO REVIEW TY MORROW'S CASE
Mike George firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 25, 2008
[Excerpts] Should the city manager decide the fate of the Chief of Police when both have been involved in domestic disputes? Bryan City Manager David Watkins will review the internal investigation into a domestic violence call at Chief Ty Morrow's home. However, it was a little more than two months ago that police were called to Watkins home for a domestic disturbance. While that case was not criminal and is now closed, questions are raised as to a potential conflict of interest in Watkins handling of the case. However Watkins says that's not the case and it's his job to look into this. "My job is to issue transperancy whether it's David Watkins City Manager or Ty Morrow Police Chief to measure that every incident that occurs in Bryan." It wasn't until last night that Watkins disclosed his domestic dispute to the Bryan city council. Never the less, Mayor Mark Conlee tells News 3 he believes both individuals are professionals in doing their job, and he has confidence in Watkins... [Full article here]
OUTSIDE AGENCY TO CONDUCT CHIEF MORROW INVESTIGATION
Crystal Galny email@example.com
Nov 26, 2008
[Excerpts] An outside law enforcement agency and prosecutor will oversee the criminal investigation into a family violence call Sunday at Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow's home, officials said Wednesday. Authorities are not sure who will conduct the investigation or what prosecutor will review the case... [Full article here]
BPD CHIEF DENIES NEW ALLEGATIONS FROM INTERNAL POLICE REPORT
Nov 26, 2008
[Excerpts] The wife of Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow claims the chief abused her in the past, according to an internal police report obtained by News Three... Cindy Morrow told officers who responded to the Morrow home Sunday morning, that there had been prior assaults, including one in February in which Chief Morrow broke her nose and gave her two black eyes. She said she didn't pursue anything at the time because she wanted to protect her husband's job, police reports said. Chief Morrow responded to the allegations Tuesday evening telling News Three that the incident his wife claimed occurred in February, never happened. Officers wrote in their report that the chief called police early Sunday morning for assistance and when they arrived, Chief Morrow was sitting outside the house holding a beer. The police chief smelled of alcohol, but police said he did not appear to be intoxicated. Morrow also had a bloody scratch across his nose... Cindy, also smelled of alcohol, but appeared to be intoxicated... Both her elbows had small, bloody abrasions on them, her shirt had blood on it near her elbow, and her wrist was swollen and cut, police said. According to police, Chief Morrow said he handcuffed his wife after she slapped him multiple times in the head and hit him in the face causing the scratch on his nose. But Cindy Morrow told a different story. She told police, the chief pushed her and threw her into several walls. Cindy said she wouldn't take that from anyone and fought back, according to police documents. She said, "Ty threw her around again like she was some common criminal and she responded by pushing him again," police wrote in the report... Police also noticed a hole in one of the living room walls, which was approximately five inches tall and 12 inches wide, reports stated. Cindy said it probably happened when Ty threw her into it, police wrote. But police noted in the report there was no evidence of sheetrock dust on her or her clothing. As for the hole in the wall, Morrow told News Three Tuesday that his wife was drunk and stumbled and fell into it. Cindy Morrow could not be reached for comment. Chief Morrow said she is currently seeking help... [Full article here]
POLICE: REPORT ON BRYAN POLICE CHIEF TY MORROW WAS LEAKED
Mike George firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 26, 2008
[Excerpts] A follow up to a story we first told you about Tuesday night. News 3 reported on an internal police report we had obtained in regards to Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow's domestic disturbance case this weekend... This afternoon acting Bryan Police Chief Peter Scheets says the version of the report KBTX obtained is authentic but he says the report has elements from two reports written by two different Sergeants who responded to the scene. Scheets says it's as if different elements had been cut and pasted together. He says the supplemental reports contained information that had at the time not been verified. Police tell News 3 the report we obtained was a leaked report. Meanwhile News 3 has learned Bryan Police are conducting an investigation to determine how the report was leaked... Meanwhile a criminal investigation is being conducted by a yet unknown outside agency. The results will be turned over to a yet unnamed special prosecutor for consideration. [Full article here]
WIFE OF POLICE CHIEF COMMENTS ON DOMESTIC DISPUTE
Joe Brown email@example.com
Nov 26, 2008
[Excerpts] The wife of Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow is speaking out on a weekend domestic disturbance between the couple. In an interview Wednesday with News 3, Cindy Morrow says she was intoxicated and doesn't remember much of the evening. She says she and her husband had gotten into an argument, but she doesn't recall making the accusations that came to light in a police report. Among those allegations was a February incident where she said Morrow broke her nose and gave her a black eye. Wednesday, Cindy Morrow said her nose was never confirmed broken and the black eye happened during sex. She also said her husband had never abused her or touched her in a negative way...
THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER SUBMITTED BY CINDY MORROW:
November 26, 2008,
To Managers and Editors of the Local Media:
I want to add my comments to the local story of Domestic Violence that you are running on my husband and me. It is most unfortunate that a very
I am astonished but yet not surprised that a police department employee would choose to release a confidential police report that had not yet been completely investigated for validity and that KBTX would choose to accept and release this document without verifying its truth. I am even more astonished by the fact that both you and KBTX reported in your news reports that I couldn’t be reached for comments on your stories. This statement is not true. No one from your news organizations ever attempted to contact me.
I want to offer the following statement regarding the incident which occurred on November 22 and into the early hours of November 23, 2008. My husband and I attended a Charity event at the Hilton Hotel. My husband was working the event and had to be there earlier than myself. Because of this, we drove separate vehicles. During the event I consumed a large quantity of alcohol. It is unclear to me how I got home or why my husband and I argued.
Once we reached our home, this argument resulted in a physical confrontation. I don’t remember much about the argument due to my extremely intoxicated state. This is very embarrassing for me to say the least. What I do remember is hitting my husband repeatedly and at some point him restraining me by placing handcuffs on me. My husband called my personal friend to come attend to me.
Upon this friends arrival my husband released me from my handcuffs. I was still in a very agitated and continued to yell. I did not know my husband had called the police until I was seated in my kitchen. The officer then interviewed me. While being interviewed by the police officer, I am told I made several allegations of past abuse to include a broken nose and blackened eyes. I am certain now, this was because I was very angry at being handcuffed. In all honesty, I don’t recall the statements I made to the police and these allegations are completely untrue.
I don’t remember much about the confrontations that took place on November 22 - 23, 2008. What I do remember is that I was very intoxicated. In an intoxicated state, I made statements to the police that were not true.
Since this event, I have been interviewed by no less than three law enforcement officials. I have stated on the police record, and I am now stating it publicly to you, that my husband is not abusive and has never abused me.
I want to close by stating that my husband and I are Christians, we are parents, role model’s to at risk children from our community and consummate professionals. This was not appropriate behavior on our part. However, I would hope that you never lose site of the fact that my husband and I are human beings and as such we have problems like everyone else. These problems are private matters that do not deserve to be publicly displayed. I am sure you wouldn’t display your personal issues in the manner in which you have displayed mine.
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CHIEF'S WIFE DENIES ABUSE
The Bryan College Station Eagle
By Cassie Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 27, 2008
[Excerpts] Bryan police Chief Ty Morrow's wife said Wednesday that her husband had never abused her, contradicting statements that she made to police over the weekend when officers were called to a disturbance at the couple's home... When interviewed by police Sunday morning, Cindy Morrow told a sergeant that upon returning home, the couple began arguing and her husband pushed her and threw her into several walls... Cindy Morrow also told officers that there had been prior assaults, including an incident in February in which Ty Morrow broke her nose and blackened both eyes, the report says. Ty Morrow said Wednesday that he had never hit his wife and that she was intoxicated the night she made the statements.
To the decision makers and policy authors in Bryan - please visit www.lanejudson.com and www.policedomesticviolence.com to spare yourselves deaths, national scandal, and muti-million dollar lawsuits. You are ripe for disaster.
To the domestic violence community surrounding Bryan - do your jobs, get involved. People are trembling and unprotected. Disempowered Are you equipped? See: www.abuseofpower.info Where are the quotes from you in the news?
To KBTX - Wow. You ARE doing your job. Only by this being in the open can it be resolved correctly. Victims of officer and public official domestic violence are lost without true journalism. We need you. Thank you from the many that are unsupported, with no voice, who live in the shadows of power afraid.
Prayers are lifted for the Morrow's, their children, and everyone trying to do the right, and best thing regarding this web of potentially lethal contradictions.
Leaders lead. The mayor can't stand back - it's his city.