Bryan Police Officer Relieved Of Duties Awaits Fate

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A Bryan Police Sergeant relieved of his duties, will have to wait at least one more day to find out his fate.

Steve French is accused of using inappropriate force and displaying conduct unbecoming of a police officer. His future with the department could hinge on his testimony versus, a co-worker's.

It's been about a month since the arbitration hearing for Steve French began, but it picks up right where it left off.

"I believe it was a slapping sound," Assistant Chief Curtis Darby with the Bryan Police Department said.

The city attorney is trying to prove French acted out of line and slapped suspect Jonathan Moore, who he was arresting at the time. French's attorney is trying to discredit, the reporting officer, Randall Hall's, version of what happened.

"Was Hall consistent in his testimony," French's Attorney Richard Aman asked. "No sir," Darby replied. "I think he had recollections each time he talked about it."

One man who believes French did slap Moore that morning is Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow.

"Truthfulness is paramount," Morrow said.

He testifies even if French is re-instated, trust will be an issue.

"It would be my strongest belief I could not trust French," Morrow said under oath. "If I have to take Mr. French back I will do that."

But before the arbitrator makes any decisions on French's future with the department, he asks a few questions of his own.

"What direct evidence do you have," the arbitrator asks.

"Hall's testimony," Darby said.

Evidence that hinges on one man's testimony versus another, and a sound on an audio tape that has several different explanations. Hall says it's a slap, French says it's not. Then there's Moore, who has never even mentioned it in police interviews.

Steve French testified Monday afternoon that he would like to return to work. He also told the arbitrator that he did feel he deserved some punishment, possibly a day off work, for the way he talked to the suspect.

However, French maintains he never slapped Moore.

The hearing resumes Tuesday morning.

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