Disciplinary History on a Police Officer

By Jessica Toumani

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2007 at 11:03 PM EDT

Indiana's NewsCenter brought you the exclusive story of one woman's allegations of abuse by a Fort Wayne police officer this week.

On Saturday night, one woman says a case of mistaken identity landed her in handcuffs.

She says she was treated so harshly by a Fort Wayne officer that she was left with bruises and a damaged rotator cuff.

Today, INC checked into the background of officer Scott Morales who has been with the department for nearly 17 years.

We mentioned before that Morales had been suspended from the department for ninety days more than a decade ago for theft while on-duty at the scene of a burglary.

Records show officer Scott Morales has been suspended a total of eleven times during his career.

Allegations include a violation of pursuit policy in 1992, a misdemeanor investigation and improper conduct in 1996, false reports in 2002 and a subpoena/court appearance violation in 2006.

Four times he was suspended for accidents in his police vehicle and two times for being A.W.O.L.

Officer Morales has also had seven letters of reprimand, four of them also results of accidents.

Chief Rusty York says most officers go through their career with only a couple of suspensions, some with none at all.

The Internal Affairs office will be investigating the latest allegations against Morales.

If any are sustained, his history could play a role in his punishment.

Indiana's NewsCenter brought you the exclusive story of one woman's allegations of abuse by a Fort Wayne police officer this week.

On Saturday night, one woman says a case of mistaken identity landed her in handcuffs.

She says she was treated so harshly by a Fort Wayne officer that she was left with bruises and a damaged rotator cuff.

Today, INC checked into the background of officer Scott Morales who has been with the department for nearly 17 years.

We mentioned before that Morales had been suspended from the department for ninety days more than a decade ago for theft while on-duty at the scene of a burglary.

Records show officer Scott Morales has been suspended a total of eleven times during his career.

Allegations include a violation of pursuit policy in 1992, a misdemeanor investigation and improper conduct in 1996, false reports in 2002 and a subpoena/court appearance violation in 2006.

Four times he was suspended for accidents in his police vehicle and two times for being A.W.O.L.

Officer Morales has also had seven letters of reprimand, four of them also results of accidents.

Chief Rusty York says most officers go through their career with only a couple of suspensions, some with none at all.

The Internal Affairs office will be investigating the latest allegations against Morales.

If any are sustained, his history could play a role in his punishment.

"The past two officers that were suspended for significant amounts of time, it wasn't due to a very grievous violation, it was due to the number of sustained allegations that occurred over a period of time," says York.

Chief York said the investigations by the Department of Internal Affairs usually takes two to three weeks and then it's up to the chief to decide whether the allegations are sustained.

By state law , the chief of police can only suspend an officer without pay for up to five days so anything beyond that would have to go in front of the Board of Safety for review or be agreed upon by the officer in trouble.




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