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Sunday, January 31, 2010

[TX] Freeport knows ex-Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow's history and still want him for top cop. "It was a personal thing."


(WATCH THE FLIP-FLOP OF BRYAN CITY MANAGER DAVID WATKINS - WHAT HE SAID SIX MONTHS AGO IN CONTRAST TO WHAT HE SAYS NOW.)

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  • [TX] The black eyes and "unconfirmed" broken nose of Chief Morrow's wife Cindy are from sex. (Is ANYone believing that?) - The domestic violence recant of Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow's wife Cindy & the just-recently revealed domestic call to City Manager David Watkins home that occurred two and half months ago. Watkins says he can be objective though, and transparent in the investigation of Chief Morrow... "It's unfortunate that a private matter has been made public because of my position at the police department," Morrow said...
  • [TX] The clock is ticking down on Police Chief Tyrone Morrow's "private matter" - "...According to the Civil Service code, a city has to take action, if any, against someone within six months of an incident, and we're about three weeks from that point..." [Morrow's wife] "I am fearful that nothing will be done due to my husbands previous standing within our community. I have separated and filed for divorce... I bring this forward as an opportunity to share with you the extreme distress my family suffered for an extended period of time."
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MORROW TO LEAD FREEPORT POLICE
The Eagle
By Matthew Watkins
matthew.watkins@theeagle.com
January 28, 2010 12:13 AM
[Excerpts] Former Bryan police chief Ty Morrow will be the new head of the Freeport Police Department, The Eagle has learned. He is expected to be sworn in Monday, more than seven months after he stepped down from the top spot in the Bryan Police Department following a long investigation into a family violence call made to his home. Freeport City Manager Jeff Pynes said the decision to hire him came after a background check that included interviews with Bryan city officials, an employee of KBTX-TV and the foreman of the grand jury that declined to bring charges against Morrow in relation to the November 2008 incident at his home. In the end, Pynes said, city officials determined that the breadth of Morrow's career and his accomplishments put him on the top of the list of 27 people who applied for the job - even after considering the turmoil that led to his resignation from the Bryan department. "In life, people are stronger leaders after they ...," Pynes said, pausing. "Life throws curve balls at people. Everybody deserves a second chance"... He became the first black chief of the Bryan Police Department in June 2007 and was placed on paid administrative leave in November 2008 after police were called to his house. His wife, Cindy Morrow, told two sergeants that she had been abused, including once in February 2008 when her husband broke her nose and gave her two black eyes. She publicly recanted that statement, but filed for divorce months later, citing cruel treatment from her husband. No criminal charges were filed against Morrow, but he resigned following a seven-month investigation that concluded that he violated two of the department's general orders. In August, Morrow said that he left Bryan on his own accord... [Full article here]

FREEPORT'S MEDIA REPORTS THE HIRING OF MORROW IN A DIFFERENT LIFE (SORT OF LIKE THE NEW WIFE WOULD):

PYNES PICKS FREEPORT POLICE CHIEF CANDIDATE
The Facts
By Nathaniel Lukefahr
January 28, 2010
[Excerpts] City Manager Jeff Pynes said Wednesday he will recommend Tyrone Morrow as the city’s next police chief to City Council next week, which would give Freeport its first African-American top cop. Morrow, a 29-year law enforcement veteran and former Bryan police chief, has three college degrees, numerous citations and a Congressional Medal of Valor for law enforcement community service... Morrow resigned as Bryan police chief in June after allegations he was involved in a 2008 domestic disturbance with his now-former wife... A Texas Attorney General’s Office investigation and a Brazos County grand jury cleared Morrow of criminal wrongdoing. Pynes weighed Morrow’s history for about two months, talking to the foreman of the grand jury that declined to bring charges against him, a television station employee in College Station and Bryan officials. The candidate’s credentials and leadership abilities made him “too strong to pass up,” Pynes said. “He had this issue there,” Pynes said. “But if you balance that on his untarnished history as a law enforcement officer, in all realms of the ranks, everyone that we’ve talked to says he’s a leader, knows what integrity is and walks the walk”... Councilman Jim Phillips said he interviewed Morrow by teleconference and supports Pynes’ recommendation. “I looked at all of his credentials and they’re impeccable,” Phillips said. “He is well-recommended and well-prepared for this job. I was very impressed, and he has the potential to be an outstanding police chief.” The past allegations do not concern Phillips. “It was personal thing,” he said. Bryan City Manager David Watkins, who hired Morrow in 2007, hailed him as a great police chief. “I’m a reference for him, I’m a believer in him and I’m a supporter of him,” Watkins said. “Did he make a mistake? Yeah, he made a mistake. But we’ve all made mistakes. Does he deserve to be a chief somewhere? Yeah, he does. He’s an extremely hard worker and I can tell you that, if you want to unite the community with the police department, there’s nobody out there better... I had the purists on one side saying you can’t bring him back, but on the other I had a tremendous amount of local leaders, ministers and priests, business people and apartment owners calling and saying he had turned the department around.” Morrow told the Eagle in August that he was not forced to resign. He did so “based on the totality of what happened.” “My leadership abilities were compromised, and a leader needs to know when to step aside for the betterance of the community,” Morrow told the Eagle... “Education was very important, and he is well-educated,” Freeport Mayor Larry McDonald said... Pynes said Morrow is “a police chief who is overqualified for Freeport”... Pynes said he plans to seek council’s blessing to hire Morrow during closed session Monday, but the decision is his to make. After the meeting, Pynes hopes residents will meet Morrow and make their own decision about his character... Nathaniel Lukefahr covers Freeport for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0151. [Full article here]

FROM JUNE OF 2009:

BRYAN POLICE CHIEF TY MORROW RESIGNS
Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow announced his resignation Monday afternoon at a press conference.
KBTX
Ashlea Sigman sigman@kbtx.com
Jun 15, 2009
[Excerpts] Ty Morrow is now the Bryan Police Department's former chief. Morrow publicly resigned Monday following results of an internal affairs investigation. Officers were called to the Morrows' home in November after Ty and Cindy Morrow had a fight. An outside investigator found that Ty Morrow's actions violated two department procedures, including conduct unbecoming an officer and his personal conduct. City Manager David Watkins said the findings would likely compromise Morrow's ability to carry out discipline within the department, and that he and Morrow did not discuss the chief continuing his employment at Bryan PD. During a press conference at the Bryan Justice Center, during which he gave a tearful farewell, Morrow said he emphasized one main idea when he became chief. "I stressed that this department would be held accountable," said Morrow. Morrow said accountability is now leading him to step down. "I believe I have dishonored the uniform that the men and women here wear, and based on that I have made the decision that I will resign my position as Chief of Police and retire from the Bryan Police Department," said Morrow."I want to apologize to all of the citizens of Bryan." Morrow also apologized to the Bryan Police Department and other state and local agencies asked to look into the November incident. "For all the staff hours that they had to waste on this investigation," said Morrow... Morrow was sworn in as chief Sept. 11, 2007. He had been on administrative leave since late November. [Full article here]

MORROW RESIGNS FROM BPD
ABC40
by John Cuoco
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 6:47 PM PDT
Another local leader is out of a job Monday, seven months after placing himself on administrative leave, Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow resigned Monday afternoon. "I have made the decision to resign my post as police Chief of the Bryan police department," Morrow said... "My personal conduct outside the department has compromised my ability to lead the Bryan police department, I have disgraced the uniformed these men and women wear," Morrow added. Morrow was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the incident by the state attorney general back in March. Then, an internal investigation ensued. Bryan officials won't go into the details of that report, but Bryan City Manager David Watkins said Monday it would be impossible for Morrow to re-join the department. The best thing he could do for Ty Morrow, the community, the organization would be to retire walk out with your head high and be proud of what you did," Watkins said of Morrow today... Watkins also said Morrow would remain on the city's payroll until October 4, 2009 as part of a severance package. Aside from his emotional goodbye, the now-former chief left Monday's press conference without answering any questions... In the meantime interim police chief Peter Scheets will remain managing the department. [Full article here]

TY MORROW'S RESIGNATION IS BEST FOR BRYAN
Eagle Editorial Board
Published Tuesday, June 16, 2009 6:05 AM
[Excerpts] The decision for Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow to resign was tough - on Morrow, on the department and on the people of Bryan. Unfortunately, it was the right decision, really the only decision to be made in this matter. Had Morrow been allowed to return to his position, he would have had no moral credibility to lead the department at a time it badly needs leadership... Had Morrow been almost anybody else, his personal difficulties that came to light last November could have been kept private. When the wife of the police chief reports spousal abuse, it naturally becomes public knowledge and public concern. While some of the allegations came in the midst of a contentious divorce, some were made by Morrow's wife prior to filing to end the marriage... Morrow was investigated by the Texas Attorney General's Office... Also, a firm hired by the city conducted an internal affairs investigation. By all accounts, Morrow was settling into his position nicely... Until his personal live became public... It became increasingly clear that Morrow could not return to the department as chief. We are sad to see him leave, but it is for the good of the department and the citizens of Bryan.I We wish him nothing but the best... [Full article here]
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14 comments:

  1. What was Freeport, Texas thinking? They just had a potential problem.

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  2. MORROW SWAGGERED INTO THE MEET AND GREET GRINNIN' AND WINKING - TOLD PEOPLE HE WOULD ONLY LET THEM ASK HIM THIS ONE LAST TIME ABOUT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENTS / ALLEGATIONS IN HIS [NOT-SO-LONG-AGO] PAST. HE'S THE MAN!!! BRYAN TEXAS IS HAPPY TO SEE YOU GO. DON'T LET THE DOORKNOB HIT YA WHERE THE DOG SHOULDA BIT YA. WHAT IS THE SOCIAL IQ OF FREEPORT CITIZENS? AND OFFICIALS PUT MORE WEIGHT ON MORROW'S EDUCATION - LIKE HE'S APPLYING TO BE A PROFESSOR, WHILE IGNORING HIS PAST IN CRIME - WHICH IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE HIS JOB TO PREVENT OR HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR.

    IS HE GOING TO ALLOW THE CRIMINALS IN FREEPORT TO DO WHAT HE DID - CRY PITIFULLY, ADMIT THEY HAVE DONE A BAD THING, AND THEN LET THEM WALK AWAY TOO? OR WILL JUST FREEPORT'S ACCUSED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BATTERER'S GET A FREE PASS? CERTAINLY THE POLICE CAN'T HOLD THE CITIZENS TO HIGHER STANDARD THAN THE ONE THEY HOLD THEMSELVES TO! NO.

    AND IS TEXAS SHORT ON AFRICAN AMERICAN QUALIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS? FREEPORT IS JUST PINK ABOUT THEIR NEW CHIEF BUT THEY COULDN'T FIND AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WHO WASN'T ACCUSED OF ATTACKS AND CRUELTY TO HIS WIFE? DON'T BRING UP HIS WIFE'S RECANT BECAUSE SHE RECANTED HER RECANT. SHE WAS TRYING TO SOFTEN THINGS BUT THINGS ONLY GOT WORSE... HER RECANT DIDN'T SAVE HER. OUR SILENCES WILL NOT PROTECT US.

    OUT OF HIS OWN MOUTH HE REFERS TO IT ALL AS A "PRIVATE MATTER". WHAT SCHOOL DID HE GO TO THAT LET HIM GRADUATE THINKING LIKE A CAVE MAN - OR WHAT CENTURY IS HIS DEGREE FROM - OR

    ARE HIS DEGREES

    AUTHENTIC?

    HE IS WHO IS DISHONEST IN LITTLE IS ALSO DISHONEST IN MUCH.

    OR IS THAT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

    DID YOU TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD?

    A MAN WHO TERRIFIES HIS WIFE IS ONE OF INTEGRITY? A LEADER?

    ASS-BACKWARDS FREEPORT YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.

    BEHOLD, YOUR KING.

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  3. http://www.theeagle.com/local/Morrow---Every-saint-has-a-past--and-every-sinner-has-a-future--2010-02-01T20-47

    “Why would you pick a chief that you knowingly know had issues in the past?” Morrow said. “My answer is this: Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. I am a child of God, and I am a sinner. I have made mistakes and I am not happy about things that have happened in my past. I am not proud of them. But sometimes in life, there are circumstances that happen that are beyond your control,” he said.

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  4. why would the city of freeport want someone who has a history of what it is that he did. of course he is going to cry and claim innocence. he lost alot because of what it is that he did. and then he had to go and get another causcian woman. what does he have against a strong african american woman. but then he cant beat then because they match him hit for hit. he had a very intelligent career orientated successful strong black woman he was dating but he chose someone who he felt he could beat i suppose. thank goodness byan rid our street sof him.

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  5. AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CITIZEN OF FREEPORT I AM SADEENED BYTHE CHOICE OF THE NEW POLICE CHIEF. EVERY PERSON HAS THEIR CHOICE OF THEIR LIFE. HE IS OUR FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CHIEF AND WHAT ROLE MODEL DO OUR YOUNG MEN AND CHILDREN HAVE TO FOLLOW. SURE HE IS SMART BUT THEN HE IS DUM. WHAT FREEPORT NEEDED WAS A BLACK MAN WITH A BLACK WOMAN BESIDES HIM. WE WERE LOOKING FOR A OBAMA AND MICHELLE LOOK FOR OUR TOWN. OBAMA SAID YES YOU CAN. WELL HE SHOWS THAT THE BLACK MAN CAN BUT THAT THE BLACK MAN IS NOT DESERVING OF A STRONG BLACK WOMAN. MANY MEMBERS OF MY CHURCH AND NEIGHBORHOOD WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO A INTELLIGENT, SUCCESSFUL, STRONG SUPPORTIVE BLACK WOMAN TO COME INTO OUR TOWN TO ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNG BLACK LADIES AND GIRLS. AND HE BRING US A CAUSCIAN WOMAN. THAT IS HIS CHOICE BUT I FEEL AS IF THE TOWN SHOULD HAVE SELECTED A FAMILY AFRICAN AMERICAN TO LEAD FREEPORT. I JUST HOPE HE DOES WHAT HE CAME TO DO IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND GET OUT. THEN MAYBE THE NEXT ONE WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW THAT ITS OK TO BE WITH A WOMAN THAT IS OF YOUR RACE AND BE SUCCESSFUL. THEN IT MAKES ME WONDER HOW HE CAN SPEAK SO HIGHLY OF HIS MOTHER AND SHE IS A TOTAL BLACK WOMAN BUT HE FEELS THAT HE IS TO GOOD TO HAVE ONE. WAKE UP TYRONE MORROW. THATS WHAT GOT YOU IN ALL THAT MESS IN BRYAN. GIVE A AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN A CHANCE. I DID MY RESEARCH. HE HAD ONE IN BRYAN WHO WAS ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY, SUCCESSFUL, POWERFUL. AND A MENTOR TO NUMEROUS YOUNG GIRLS. SHE WAS WHAT FREEPORT NEEDED. BUT HE FELT SHE WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO HELP HIM CLEAN UP HIS CAREER. THANK GOODNESS HE LEFT HER BECAUS EHE MAY HAVE ENDED UP HAVE A DOMESTIC ALTERCATION AND FOUND SOMEONE WHO WOULD NEED THE POLICE TO AID HIM THIS TIME.

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    1. LOL, his Bryan wife is white. Research failed.

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    2. Obviously YOU don't understand what you read.

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  6. We can't pick the color of people's lovers. We can't mail order clones of Obama and Michelle. People CAN demand a chief that has nothing to cry about, or a chief that wasn't run out of his last job.

    It's up to Freeport. Fill the city council chambers and make noise until there has to be a different pick.

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  7. AnonymousJuly 30, 2011

    I have known Ty for a long time and I can tell you without hesitation that the man you are characterizing with these hateful comments is not the man that he is. He has more integrity than anyone I know, myself included. He learns from his mistakes and I feel he will do very well in his job as Freeport's police chief.
    -Ken Chun

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  8. Oh Lawdy! Some of y'all sound like these ladies are being picked for breeding like cattle! How insulting and demeaning! You should rethink your racist remarks. Shame.
    As to the Chief's past....he WAS NOT prosecuted in court. Do you really think a DA would've passed up a juicy case like this if it could've been won?
    Just sayin'....I'm certainly NOT an advocate for domestic violence of any kind. A man make me fear for my life and safety? He's ne leaving in a body bag.

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    1. "...Do you really think a DA would've passed up a juicy case like this if it could've been won?..."

      That make no sense.

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  9. FREEPORT PUTS MORROW ON LEAVE
    TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
    By SHANNON DAUGHTRY
    shannon.daughtry@thefacts.com
    FREEPORT — Police Chief Tyrone Morrow has been relieved of duty with pay and benefits, but city leaders are mum as to why. City Manager Jeff Pynes told Morrow he was relieved of duty Monday evening, and he will remain off duty pending the outcome of an independent investigation into complaints lodged against him, officials said. “We’ll bring in an out-
    side investigator,” Pynes said. “He was only relieved of duty to protect the integrity of the investigation, the victims and/or complainants and for him.” Morrow, reached by cell phone, said his attorney advised him not to comment. “There are multiple allegations that will be part of the internal affairs inquiry,” Pynes said.
    “There was one today and several others in the recent
    past. There were some events that happened Monday that prompted a stronger administrative response.” No real time frame has been established for the investigation, Pynes said, but another police chief from another location or a
    retired police chief will be brought in to conduct the
    investigation. “He’s not suspended indefinitely. He hasn’t even been suspended. He’s been relieved of duty with pay and benefits,” Pynes said. Mayor Norma Moreno Garcia had no information about Morrow being relieved of duty. “I don’t know anything about it,” Garcia said. “Just that he’s under
    investigation.” Pynes appointed Lt. Dan Pennington as the interim chief until the city determines the next step, he said.“Morrow is still employed by the city,” Pynes said. “He’s not losing any benefits.” Morrow is paid about $90,000 a year. Morrow has been Freeport’s police chief
    since February 2010. He is a 31-year law enforcement
    veteran and former Bryan police chief

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  10. Former Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow Relieved of Duty in Freeport
    Jan 29, 2013
    Former City of Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow has been relieved of his police chief duties in Freeport... he's been the subject of an outside investigation... allegations against Morrow were made by fellow members of the department... those accusations aren't being made public.
    http://www.kbtx.com/news/headlines/Former-Bryan-Police-Chief-Tyrone-Morrow-Relieved-of-Duty-in-Freeport-188921401.html?ref=401

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  11. He is now running for freeport mayor

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