Morales Keeps Job, Receives 15th Suspension For 90 Working Days

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

June 28, 2010 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Police Officer Scott Morales learned Monday night that he will be suspended for the 15th time in 19 years.

His suspension for using excessive force will last 90 working days without pay.

That equates to 18 five day work weeks which is approximately four and a half months.

Morales was advised not to speak to the media by his lawyer but the Board of Public Safety included a quote from Morales in their Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law report.

Morales testified that "for the street I'm done. I really am,".

That quote was in response to Morales' view of his personal value to the FWPD.

Morales has now been suspended 15 times since 1991.

He has also received 11 reprimands.

The 20-year veteran also signed an agreement with Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York that he waives his rights to request his assignment.

When Morales returns from his suspension, he will be permanently transferred off the street as a uniformed third shift patrol officer.

Morales will be assigned to a desk job as detective in the department's investigative division.

Morales' 15th suspension comes from a February 13, 2010 incident when Morales was driving a prisoner from Pierre's Night Club to Saint Joseph Hospital for diabetic care.

The Board of Public Safety ruled that Morales let a conflict with the prisoner get personal, which resulted in Morales slamming the man's head more than one time.

The board also found that Morales choked the prisoner to make him follow orders.

"I know it was a difficult decision for them to make, and you know I respect that decision. But this was again a decision made by an independent group of people after a hearing," said Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York.

Meanwhile, Board of Public Safety Members, Chief Rusty York, and Scott Morales all feel the suspended officer can serve the public better as a detective rather than a uniformed street officer.

Board Members wrote in their Conclusions of Law that Morales' suspension of 90 working days is reasonable based upon the conduct of Officer Scott Morales.

His suspension will go into effect immediately.

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