A civil service appeal hearing for a former Killeen Police Department officer fired for allegedly lying in a report to a peace officer will be at 9 a.m. today at the department.
Sgt. Macaire Morrissey was fired by Police Chief Dennis Baldwin in June after allegations that he impeded a sexual assault investigation into another officer, Christopher R. Morris.
Morrissey will appeal his firing before the department under the pretext that he had not been dishonest with the department and that Baldwin used “disparate treatment” toward his officers.
The firing stemmed from a December 2015 incident in which Morrissey and Morris, working at an off-duty security job at an IHOP in the 700 block of West Central Texas Expressway, stopped an altercation in the restaurant, with one of the women in the restaurant saying she recognized Morris and accused him of having previously sexually assaulted her.
KPD investigators called Morrissey in for questioning related to Morris’ sexual assault allegations and asked him what happened at the IHOP on Dec. 12.
“Morrissey omitted the information Morris confided to him about having sexual intercourse with the victim,” the affidavit said. “Morrissey also omitted Morris reported having sex with one of the victim’s friends as well.
Based on surveillance video at the scene, police determined the conversation had occurred, and Baldwin fired Morrissey soon after.
In an email to the Herald, Morrisey’s attorney, Robert McCabe, said the appeal would focus on Baldwin’s unequal treatment of officers.
“I expect to expose significant and concrete evidence of disparate treatment of officers at KPD by Chief Baldwin, including some current KPD officers who were involved in alleged misconduct related to the pending capital murder case against Marvin Guy,” McCabe wrote.
No further information was available Monday on the alleged misconduct McCabe referenced.
Guy, 51, is accused of opening fire with a 9 mm pistol, killing Officer Charles Dinwiddie and injuring fellow officer Odis Denton during a no-knock warrant served at Guy’s apartment on Circle M Drive on May 9, 2014.