Morrisey weighs in on possible Morgantown police board

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is among those concerned with the possible Morgantown Community Policing and Citizens Review Board, citing state law providing police officers with some protections because departments are not allowed to unionize or strike.

Morrisey’s concerns, which he recently addressed to WAJR-AM, come as the Morgantown City Council continues assembling the body.

The commission would examine allegations of police misconduct, as well as hold hearings and issue recommended actions.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

“That kind of proposal would violate state code,” the attorney general said.

Morrisey said it is important for his office to have a say on the formation so the body can be constitutional. Morrisey recently sent a letter to city leaders last month to present a” framework so they knew some of the things that legal and quite frankly some of the things that were not.”

“This is meant as a dialogue, and I welcome everyone to participate in that dialogue,” he said.

Morgantown Mayor Ron Dulaney responded to Morrisey, saying in a second letter the work of the committee will be within state law.

“While not perfect, our police department is excellent,” Dulaney said. “The work we are currently undertaking is intended to help and support our police department’s ongoing position as a leader in community policing.”

Morrisey said he wants the city to discuss possible changes with state lawmakers about appropriate actions at the local and state levels.

“I think that broader point is we’re trying to have a dialog, I’m open-minded to having a good conversation,” he said. “But, I want to make sure the law is upheld.”

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 87 has also expressed similar concerns regarding the formation of a committee.

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