Valley civil rights leaders will have a news conference today addressing an alleged incident of police brutality.
The news conference involves Frank Morrison, a groundskeeper at a Phoenix church who claims he was beaten by Phoenix police officers in a case of mistaken identity.
Police showed up looking for a burglary suspect and ordered him to lie on the ground.
"They beat me, handcuffed me, and beat me again," Morrison said in a news release issued Wednesday. "They told me to shut up. They had their guns pulled on me from the beginning."
Morrison said he was never identified or Morrison, who was never identified or ticketed by police and was then roughed up so badly he suffered a stroke.
He said the officers left him for dead.
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin said the beating happened about 4 a.m. at the Word Center Church.
The Phoenix Police Department released the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding the allegations:
"It has always been the policy of the Phoenix Police Department to welcome the community to report any allegations of officer misconduct; we take all complaints seriously. Although allegations have been made to the media, none of these were brought to the attention of the Phoenix Police Department. Nonetheless, based on information received late yesterday the department is looking into this incident. Attempts have been made to speak with Mr. Morrison however he has declined to speak with us. We have learned our officers came into brief contact with Mr. Morrison in the early morning hours of Monday August 26th during an unrelated incident. We will continue to review the facts as information is received and we encourage open and honest communications with the community we protect and serve."
Maupin and other Valley black Leaders met at Morrison's bedside at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1111 E. McDowell Rd., in Phoenix.
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