Rockford Mayor Speaks About Police Chief Controversy

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey is expressing his frustrations with the Police Union and showing his support for Chief Epperson.

During a question and answer session with the media today, Mayor Morrissey questioned the union leadership specifically the way they're handling recent discipline issues surrounding two Rockford Police officers.

Morrissey asks how the union can fault the Chief for stepping to the plate to correct the situation. The Mayor says he simply doesn't get what the union is trying to do, the Mayor says he's standing by the Chief on this issue.


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  • by Frank Location: Rockford on Sep 22, 2007 at 03:59 AM
    Why doesn't Morrisey order an investigation of all City-owned computers, including the Chief and Deputy Chief? I would bet that nearly every computer will show personal business conducted while on taxpayer time. Why is Morrisey allowing Epperson to conduct a witch hunt against two officers who spoke up against Chet? Attempting to crush dissent by capital punishment has never worked - why not see what the morale problem is really about? You don't fire the players on the ballclub-you change management.
  • by Larry Location: 1st on Sep 21, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    I find it interesting that Morrissey can comment on this issue as if the Officer has already been found in violation of Dept policy. Charges are pending. Morrisseys comments seem to taint the Officers ability to recieve a fair hearing. Morrisseys comments suggest that the decision has been made...by him, regardless of what the Police and Fire commission decide. The commission was appointed by Morrissey, hopefully they can be unbiased and come to a conclusion even though Morrissey seems to have already charged, tried and conviced the Officer in the media.
  • by CITIZEN Location: RKFD on Sep 21, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    http://www.rrstar.com/homepage/x2136190155 If this reaction from Morrissey is true about Bailey view pornography at work then explain to me as a citizen why the 21 charges signed by Chet Epperson against Jason Bailey for the Police and Fire Commission do not include ANY regarding viewing Porn and are only related to his use of his work computer for blogging while on duty? Why would you send him to the Police and Fire Commission if you were still looking into additional computer usage? Now where is that additional charge written to the police and fire board for use of computers for porn? Or is this inflammatory remarks against one officer to cast fear onto other officers. Where is this new paperwork???? It seems that this is public record and Bailey is being 'charged' with his blogging, so where is the additional paperwork stating his use of pornographic sites? I think they better come up with some paperwork before they put this city in even deeper liability for slander.
  • by mary Location: belvidere on Sep 20, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    i think the mayor needs a new hair do.
  • by Bill Location: Rockford on Sep 20, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    So let me get this straight: Morrissey's second hand man can drive drunk, put innocent peoples lives at risk and destroy a city vehicle, keep his job and only get a few days off WITH pay? But a couple of police officers make a few comments on the register star and the chief wants their jobs and the mayor supports that? Seems like a pretty hefty double standard to me. God job, mayor! You've just given every drunken idiot in this city a license to drive drunk. I'm sure glad your taking care of the graffiti and litter, though. I'll rest easier knowing no one is allowed to throw cigarette butts out their car windows...unless of course they are drunk. Congratulations mayor, you've just lost another vote for reelection. Good job!
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