I received notification from Captain McPherson that the Hale County Grand Jury indicted him for an alleged assault on another officer, while they were together arresting a combative prisoner in a physical altercation. Captain McPherson denies the charge.
The police department conducted its own independent investigation separate and apart from the criminal investigation. The internal investigation was in the process when the City was notified that the officer went to the District Attorney, and a criminal investigation began. At this time, the internal investigation was suspended. Because the criminal investigation information presented to the grand jury is confidential, the City is unaware of what was presented. Capt. McPherson has retained attorneys to represent him in this matter. It is important to remember an indictment does not mean a person is guilty, rather, he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. In reviewing City personnel policy regarding criminal charges, convictions, not indictments, are a reason for disciplinary action. Further, the police policies address internal investigations, which the police department did perform. Police policies address criminal convictions as a reason for disciplinary action. Captain McPherson has worked with the police department for eighteen years, and his job performance is currently in good standing.
Chief William J. Mull