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Police and fire


Two 20-year officers retire from city police

Two officers with more than 20 years of experience retired from the Fort Wayne Police Department last month, Police Chief Rusty York told Board of Public Safety members Monday.

The board accepted the retirements of Officers Jeffery L. McCann and Scott R. Morales.

Morales, 52, was the center of a debate nearly three years ago after complaints surfaced that he used excessive physical force against a man being transported to Allen County Lockup.

Board members decided in 2010 that Morales had used excessive force during that incident and York suggested he be fired.

The board later voted to suspend him for 90 days, rather than fire him.

Board members Quinton Dixie, Sharon Peters and Frank Casagrande, who were also serving on the board during Morales’ disciplinary hearing, approved his retirement.

Morales had various disciplinary actions taken against him including nine letters of reprimand and 15 suspensions, his personnel file states.

He joined the department in December 1990.

Morales received letters of reprimand for six separate police vehicle accidents, improper conduct, a violation of the department’s self-employment requirements and failure to report damage.

His one-time suspensions included a violation of the department’s pursuit policy, a misdemeanor investigation, alertness on duty, submitting false reports and a subpoena/court appearance.

He was also suspended twice for use of excessive force, twice for improper conduct, twice for being absent without leave and four times for additional police vehicle accidents.

He also received two commendations in 2002 – a letter of commendation and an award for excellence, according to his personnel file.

He was most recently working in the city’s detective bureau.

McCann was working as a third-shift patrol officer, prior to his retirement McCann was born in May 1962.

He joined the police department in February 1990.

McCann has had several disciplinary actions taken against him, including three letters of reprimand for improper conduct, a 2001 police vehicle accident and failure to attend training schools.

McCann also had been suspended seven times for allegations including being absent without leave twice and a second police vehicle accident.

He was suspended four times last year, twice for investigative negligence, twice for alertness on duty and a patrol district violation, according to his personnel file.

McCann received two commendations during his time with the department.

In 2002, he received a meritorious service citation and in 2004 he received a letter of commendation, according to his personnel file.

Effort to suspend taxi driver begins

Also on Monday, the board voted to begin the process of suspending a Yellow Cab taxi driver.

Otis Reed, 40, of the 300 block of West Washington Center Road, was charged last week with felony intimidation, criminal recklessness and domestic battery, according to court documents.

Reed is accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend and cutting off her hair in front of their 2-year-old son, court documents said.

He was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

The board is required to give notice to taxi cab drivers 15 days before the effective date of a suspension, said City Attorney Troy Kiefer.

Reed will then have an opportunity to request a hearing before the board votes whether to revoke his license, Kiefer said.