Should Phoenix Police Explain What Happened With Frank Morrison?

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Witnesses claim that a South Phoenix man, Frank Morrison, was roughed up by police earlier this week, and essentially left for dead.

The Phoenix Police Department doesn't quite have an explanation for what happened.

See also:
-Phoenix Police Roughed Up a Black Man Who Nearly Died, Witnesses Claim

Multiple witnesses told New Times yesterday that police were at the Word Center church and the surrounding church-owned properties -- where the church helps house people -- around Third Street and Southern Avenue, around 4 a.m. on Monday.

People who were there say police told them they were looking for a burglary suspect, as Morrison was handcuffed, taken to the ground, and tossed against a police car, according to witnesses -- before being released with no ticket or any citation, and dumped on the side of the road in front of the church, as officers took off.

Morrison, who suffered a stroke at some time during the incident, wasn't able to relay all the details yesterday, as hospital staff at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center cut off interviews with Morrison due to his rising blood pressure, and general concern for his health.

While this story was corroborated by multiple witnesses, police e-mailed us this statement:
"It has always been the policy of the Phoenix Police Department to welcome the community to report any allegations of officer misconduct; we take all complaints seriously. Although allegations have been made to the media, none of these were brought to the attention of the Phoenix Police Department. Nonetheless, based on information received late yesterday the department is looking into this incident. Attempts have been made to speak with Mr. Morrison however he has declined to speak with us. We have learned our officers came into brief contact with Mr. Morrison in the early morning hours of Monday August 26th during an unrelated incident. We will continue to review the facts as information is received and we encourage open and honest communications with the community we protect and serve."
It seems like the folks back at the station ought to know what the officers on the streets are doing, and it seems like the type of incident that should require a report (which has been requested).

Our poll this morning: Should police explain this incident immediately?

Cast your vote below.


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Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

Very dis-tasteful display of police brutality ...........who knows maybe it WAS racially motivated ........................That aside ....they beat the shit out of him .........then left him for DEAD Guilty till proven innocent   EH? What if it was someone in YOUR  family? PPD needs to answer for this and meantime suspend those involved ...without Pay till they are cleared of any laws broken  in court.

Alex Tropp
Alex Tropp

Standard procedure in most civilised jurisdictions. You don't know the circumstances of any individual case any more than anyone accept those involved. The reason to suspend on full pay is that police who injure suspects *may* have done so in self defense against a violent suspect, they may have caused an injury accidentally while restraining a suspect resisting arrest, or they may have used unncessary brutality - or a combination of those things; whatever way you slice it, officers who cause injury or death must be removed from duty immediately pending an investigation. For any police officer that is found to have done nothing improper it is not right to leave them with no income while they are in the process of clearing their name. For those who are found to have been either negligent or violent, they must be immediately dismissed from the force and charged for any applicable criminal offense. Bottom line: you cannot penalize a police officer for brutality until it is proven, and you must get any them off duty immediately every time this sort of thing happens to make sure no other member of the public is put at risk from potentially violent bad cops. This is why any investigation should be swift and comprehensive. This is the way it's done in Europe. And, while the police are perfect no where, police in Europe are not known for their brutality. Possibly because such suspensions get a lot of media attention and the investigations often find against the officer(s) - leaving them ruined.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

I hope they answer quickly, otherwise we might have to form a citizens group to stand watch and film the PD anytime they come to that property. enough is enough

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Why should Phoenix PD be obligated to explain?  You don't seem to ever demand an explation when a white person is beaten or killed by a black person.

Alex Tropp
Alex Tropp

Any time a person is injured (or dies) when dealing with police, the officers involved should automatically be suspended on full pay pending an independent investigation.

Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

He was in custody. They are responsible.

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

Are you suggesting they have to explain the run in, or explain that he is black? I'm confused why his race is important.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Will abc15 once again go to a chicken and waffle restaurant seeking comments?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Hell yeah - and the media should stay on them until they do.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14


I figure this is just Arizona law enforcement's unique way of "Commemorating" Dr. King. Probably inspired by Joe Arpaio.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@david_saint01 I agree that enough is enough - enough of the race-baiting.

Then I guess you also think the judge in Glufport, FL should have to answer why he gave those three black thugs probabtion for brutally beating that white 13-year-old kid on a Florida school bus. 

If Zimmerman had been in his courtroom and had been found guilty would that judge have given him probation too?  Pathetic!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@david_saint01  

Do that anyways :)

Unless I am busy doing something else and can't take the time to stop, I stop and record cops every chance I get - the more they see cameras, the more they will expect them even when they are not there and hopefully, that will help keep out of control cops in line.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham we do when that black person or white person are cops. why dont you try a better example twit . and we do want answers in either case, its you who is always claiming its justified, not us. or do you forget comments of yours like "the black panthers did it so why cant we?"

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham  

Actually yes, explanations ARE demanded in those cases too, the fact you don't see that is nothing more than your idiot prejudice.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham race has nothing to do with this ass hat. wouldnt matter if the guy was fucking green, if the police beat the shit out of him and put him in the hospital, yet didnt charge him with a crime (IE no PC in the first place) then they HAVE to answer to us. no ifs, ands, or buts about it

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@whoknows  Probably not - but there's a good chance that Hendley would have made fun of his mugshot if he was booked instead of hospitalized.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public And the media nationwide MUST start exposing all the pathetic black-on-white crime that is seldom talked about.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham you are the only one race baiting, you and the rest that try and deny racism exists even as you make racist comments routinely. I suppose its just to delude yourselves into thinking its ok full well knowing just how morally corrupt, and ignorant you idiots act. I have to say though, i love this attitude "well what about..."...lol you sound like 5 year olds kicking and screaming in the sand box cause someone just took your binky. 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@david_saint01 @robert_graham Of course it has everything to do with it.  But now that you mention it, race had nothing to do with the Zimmerman case but it certainly was made out to be racial.  Not once was it every revealed that Zimmerman was a racist -- never!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  

If that is so, then you, the resident liar and circular reasoning idiot should be able to recognize it better, since you never have legitimate arguments.

Once again, you fail, like always

Have a good night troll

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Flyer9753 @yourproductsucks @david_saint01 circular reasoning is typical from those who can't make a legitimate argument.

If you did as you say you do, you'd have mentioned it a long time ago, rather than dreaming it up just now, as it appears you did.  You don't stop and record traffic stops made by deputies.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @Flyer9753 @david_saint01  

Biggest liar on this site next to JAFfy/Robert Graham, calls me a liar (psst... that's you YPS in case you are having trouble comprehending - oh, www.websters.com so you can look up what that big word means)

Since we all know you are a liar, that means I am telling the truth.

Thanks for pointing that out for everyone :)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Good god I hope you are kidding. There's a big difference twit

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham @david_saint01 lol yea, he didnt stereotype a kid based on his skin color (listen to the 9-1-1 call, he clearly says he thinks hes black and "suspicious"). I for one never said he was racist, but he did stereotype him..therefore race did indeed play a role in the whole deal. That analysis though requires a certain level of brain power, which doesnt surprise me you are incapable of. 

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