Local Ministers Speak in Behalf of Bryan Police Chief

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A voice of support Tuesday tonight for Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow.

A handful of ministers in the community attended Tuesday evening's city council meeting in support of Morrow and shared their concerns.

"Ty has done an awesome job here in the city of Bryan," Bryan resident Sylvester Smith said. "He has worked faithfully with the community. He has come out and mentored many of our children and has been an encouraging role model."

"In order for our city to grow nothing should have ever come out the way it came out with Ty Morrow and his family," Bryan resident Robert Wilson said.

In executive session Tuesday afternoon, council members were briefed on the status of Morrow's criminal investigation.

Morrow has been on administrative leave since police were called to his house after the police chief said he handcuffed and restrained his wife after she became violent.

The city council and Bryan's mayor Mark Conlee say they will not comment on the investigation as it is on-going.

Tonight each released statements regarding the matter.

OFFICIAL COUNCIL STATEMENT:

This evening, the City Council was provided an update about the City's role in the investigations regarding the Chief Morrow incident that took place at his residence on November 23. At this time, the City's role is to allow an external agency an opportunity to conduct an unbiased criminal investigation and to allow an external firm a chance to conduct an unbiased internal affairs (IA) investigation. The Bryan Police Department will not be involved in either investigation, except to respond to official questions and inquiries from the investigating agencies.

We look forward to having both investigations - the criminal and the internal affairs (IA) - completed so we can bring resolution to this issue. Until then, we will not comment on an ongoing investigation as we do not want to interfere with due process. Additionally, we do not want to be perceived as inappropriately sharing information about an ongoing investigation, which potentially could be considered misusing official information - and that is a violation of the law. Once both investigations are completed, appropriate decisions and actions will be made.

MAYOR'S STATEMENT, DEC. 9, 2008

As many of you know, on November 23, Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow had an incident at his residence, which included a response - at his request - by the Bryan Police Department. Proper protocol for an incident of this nature and certainly for one that involves a police officer, is to thoroughly investigate the incident through a criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation.

The City of Bryan, including the Police Department, desires that all parties involved be afforded due process. We do not want to speculate, gossip or provide unverified information to anyone. When appropriate, public information will be available.

Since almost immediately after the incident, the County Attorney's Office has been involved and is addressing the criminal investigation. The County Attorney is in contact with the State Attorney General's Office in an effort to formalize the AG's acceptance of this investigation. An outside party is being pursued to remove any bias - perceived or actual - from the investigation. Similarly, an external agency is expected to be employed to conduct the internal affairs investigation.

We will cooperate fully with the agency investigating this incident. And again, we cannot release information when an investigation is ongoing. Releasing information would be construed as misusing official information - and that is a violation of the law. Therefore, we will not comment further on this incident until both the criminal investigation and the internal affairs investigation are complete.


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