Fort Wayne Police Officer Up For 15th Suspension Or Termination

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated May 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The city's Board of Public Safety held an executive session to discuss the actions of Officer Scott Morales in a February arrest where Morales is accused of mistreating a suspect.

However, the question lingers, how will Officer Morales defend himself?

Morales contacted Indiana's NewsCenter and gave us a stack of paperwork.

The documents contained February's police incident report, and dozens of letters from the past nineteen years, commending him for doing a "great job".

Indiana's NewsCenter has learned Morales has been suspended fourteen times since 1991.

Two of those suspensions were earlier this year.

Since 1990, records show Morales' disciplinary history includes 23-sustained allegations of misconduct.

Meanwhile, Monday's executive session discussed February's incident.

Officer Morales was accused of mistreating a suspect who need to go to the hospital because he was a diabetic.

According to Chief Rusty York, it is a claim that at least four hospital employees and surveillance camera video can support.

Meantime, the incident report Scott Morales filed tells a different variation of the story.

Morales wrote quote "I started to say something and then I saw that he was getting ready to spit. I diverted his face away with my hand, just as he spat. It struck my shoe and I advised him that battery by bodily waste was a felony".

Another officer filed an incident report saying the same suspect tried to spit on a Pierre's security guard earlier that night.

Morales also wrote in his incident report that the suspect was intoxicated.

He also noted that the diabetic suspect's blood sugar level was tested at the hospital.

The suspect registered a blood sugar level of more than 430.

Normal blood sugar levels for non-diabetics should be no more than 100 to 140.

Normal blood sugar levels for diabetics should be no more than 200.

Attorneys have been asked for finding of facts in the case.

Chief Rusty York wants the board to order disciplinary action, up to termination.

"If they determine that they will take the case under advisement and determine the consequence at a later date," said Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York.

A decision could come in the next two to four weeks.





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