David Morrow, deputy, after allegedly breaking drunk teen's jaw: "Nobody saw anything, right?"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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David Morrow.
By all accounts, a teenager busted by Adams County deputy David Morrow was plenty drunk.

But Morrow's the one in trouble -- after allegedly punching the teen in the face, breaking his jaw in the process. Among the charges he's facing: child abuse and second-degree assault.

According to affidavit obtained by 9News, Morrow and five other deputies responded to a June 12 report about a party out of bounds on Welby Road. There, a birthday bash for T.J. Arce, 21, was underway at an outdoor shed that's known as a hang-out spot for a group of young people who call themselves "the 88 block."

As soon as officers arrived, most of the revelers split, with the exception of Arce and a fifteen-year-old who the birthday boy admits was severely soused -- an opinion confirmed by a subsequent blood alcohol test that registered a .202, more than double the legal limit. The teen was soon taken into custody and placed in an ambulance, where his feet and hands were restrained. His lips weren't, however, and when the teen reportedly mouthed off rather than answer questions, Morrow allegedly struck him on the left side of his jaw with a closed fist, breaking it on impact.

An instant later, Morrow looked at the faces around him and asked, "Nobody saw anything, right?"

Yes, they did. When one of the paramedics noted that the teen was bleeding, Morrow is said to have answered, "I guess I'll have to figure that out." The deputy subsequently maintained that "this has never happened before... it's never going to happen again. I just lost my temper."

Next to be lost could be his job. Charges of child abuse and second-degree assault, plus official oppression and tampering with a witness, were just filed, a couple of weeks after Morrow was placed on paid administrative leave from a gig he's held since 2004.

In a brief conversation with CBS4, Morrow said, "The rumors going around are completely false."

He'd better hope so. Look below to see a 9News report:

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Anne Kelly, Denver Sheriff's deputy, charged with 3rd-degree assault for slapping DUI suspect."


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10 comments
JoeeyLaRusso
JoeeyLaRusso

It is good to know that 'mouthing off' is now a capital offense.  No trial, no jury- immediate guilt and immediate punishment.I guess the Constitution doesn't matter if a cop feels offended.  God bless America where we all agree children can be severely attacked- so long as the person doin' the hurtin' is wearing a uniform.I am seriously surprised anything happened.  Usually cops get away with this kind of stuff.

Kuei
Kuei

Cops are disgusting!

Rodgerdoger
Rodgerdoger

little monkey probably deserved a good smack, god knows his parents don't discipline him

Interested party
Interested party

Interested to know: Does this guy have a military background?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong take, Joeey. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

JoeeyLaRusso
JoeeyLaRusso

Rodgerdoger,Since, I assume, you do not know the family or the victim I can only surmise that you find it acceptable for people to make judgements without any knowledge.  Ever heard the saying what is good for the goose is good for the gander?  Well I think it is safe to say (and by safe I mean I have absolutely no basis to say this other than one, short, comment you made) that you are a little monkey and you probably deserve a good smack and that while I don't know if your parents disciplined you I can safely say they didn't teach you about the Constitution or about manners. Feels good, huh?At least the fifteen year old had an excuse for acting immature.  What's yours?

Kuei
Kuei

Unfortunately it was done by a pussy who can't fight a little kid without having him bound and cuffed.

Tim
Tim

Yes, my background as a Sgt in the Marines caused me to do lots of things as a police officer.  I once called in an airstrike on a trailer park which I had to respond to 4 times in one night.

I also would throw fragmentation grenades into structures, not some Pussy Flash Bangs, when I was on the SWAT team.

And my patrol car?  A M60A1 tank.   You bet those little bastards at the elementary school listened when I showed up to give a DARE talk.  Machine gun a few of the mouthy ones and you have the rest of their attention.

I guess I'm asking, is why would his background being a vet (as a huge percentage of badges are) really matter?  Just curious myself over your query.

Kuei
Kuei

That was such a good post I will ignore the grammar inefficiencies.

Bryan
Bryan

Perhaps Interested Party was indirectly asking about the possibility of untreated PTSD. The VA doesn't have a very good track record with successfully treating emotional disorders brought on by traumatic events during and because of otherwise honorable service to one's country. 

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