The Michael Morrison Shooting

Deadly Force - Part 2

Does The Evidence Suggest An Accidental Discharge?

What Does The Officers' Internal Police Files Indicate?

February 17, 2014
"Police throughout the United States have been caught fabricating, planting, and manipulating evidence to obtain convictions where cases would otherwise be very weak. Some authorities regard police perjury as so rampant that it can be considered a "subcultural norm rather than an individual aberration" of police officers."
Dale Carpenter - Flagrant Conduct: The Story Of Lawrence v. Texas

Were the police in fear of their lives?
Or was it an accidental discharge?


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During the late night and early morning hours of October 21-22, 2012 - Mr. Michael Morrison had a run in with both the Daytona Beach and Holly Hill police departments. This "run in" would end with Morrison being shot in the back, and him facing serious criminal charges, to include, allegedly pointing a gun at a police officer.

In November 2012, VolusiaExposed posted our initial article regarding the Morrison shooting. As early as a month after the shooting, VolusiaExposed expressed concerns that the shooting of Morrison was a possible accidental firearm discharge by a Holly Hill police officer.

While our accidental discharge theory is well explained within our November 2012 article, the FDLE shooting investigation was still on-going. VolusiaExposed has since secured a copy of the FDLE-Morrison shooting investigation.

In our opinion, the FDLE investigation failed to address two rather important questions:

Why did HHPD Cpl. Armstrong only fire once, in direct contradiction of the FDLE / CJSTC training matrix * CJSTC / FDLE training consist of a two shot minimum volley

Why didn't DBPD Officer Dale Kelley fire his weapon in self-defense? * According to the FDLE investigation - Kelley's sworn statement supports that he twice observed Morrison pointing a hand gun at officers (to include himself), and inclusive to when Cpl. Armstrong fired his weapon.

Cpl. Armstrong's and Ofc. Kelley's
Internal Affairs Files

VolusiaExposed contacted both the Holly Hill and Daytona Beach police departments, in order to make arrangement to review both officer's internal affairs files.

HHPD Police Chief Mark Barker advised us via a email, that Cpl. Armstrong did not have any disciplinary or IA files. This information was consistent with the FDLE investigative report.

Ofc. Kelley's Internal Affairs File

VolusiaExposed did arrange with DBPD officials to review Ofc. Kelley's IA / disciplinary file.

Ofc. Kelley did have a rather thick file, however, given Ofc. Kelley's tenure with the DBPD, we have seen thicker files.

Within Kelley's file, there were three incidents that stood out, that could offer some relevance to the Morrison shooting incident.

First, Kelley has an arrest history. According to documents, Kelley was arrested in 2004 for domestic violence.

Second, in 2011 he was disciplined for not properly communicating an incident in which he tasered a deaf suspect.

Third, and probably the most serious of the three, he was disciplined for not documenting a series of domestic violence incidents. These DV incidents transpired in late 2012 / early 2013 - after the October 2012 Morrison shooting incident.

Also disturbing is the fact that the DBPD would only acknowledge Kelley's failure to document, as merely a departmental policy violation. VolusiaExposed suspects that such a failure to report, is also a violation of Florida Statute 741.29. We have reached out, via an email, to DBPD Chief Chitwood for clarification - however, as of the posting of this article, Chief Chitwood has not responded.

Taking Liberties With The Truth

A college professor once advised this writer, - "that the police rarely, down right lie, - BUT, they sure do take allot of liberties with the truth".

Maybe at the end of the day - we (the public) should automatically believe the police over a citizen like Michael Morrison. After all, Morrison is NO angel, he has had his past scraps with the law. Further, let's not forget Cpl Armstrong's comments in the FDLE report, that Morrison had vocalized his dislike for the police.

But stop just for a moment, and back away from the situation, so as to be able to take in the larger view. While it's true, Morrison has had past run-ins with the law, so has Ofc. Kelley. Further, Kelley has a documented history of NOT reporting significant law enforcement information. So does any of this help to level the playing field in your mind, that the police should not automatically be given the benefit of the doubt?

If you need further evidence, might we suggest that you review our May 2012 article on Volusia County Deputy Scott Flesch.

Deputy Flesch was arrested in December 2010 by members of the Daytona Beach Police Department. One of the charges filed against him, was fleeing and eluding Daytona Beach Police Officer K. Kulenek.

In May 2012, Deputy Flesch's Volusia County Personnel Board was held. Ofc. Kulenek's testimony at that board hearing was video recorded by VolusiaExposed.Com. This video has been uploaded to our Youtube account, and is available for review to the right of this web page. -->

We invite you to review the attached videos of Ofc. Kulenek's testimony - listen to her testify that she was NOT in pursuit of Deputy Flesch, and that he pulled over his vehicle immediately after she activated her patrol car lights. So why was he criminally charged with fleeing and eluding the police? Your guess would be as good as ours. Our guess would include the words - "taking LIbErtieS".

So, if one department's police officers are comfortable with "taking liberties" against a deputy sheriff - how hard would it be for you to imagine, that two police departments, would be comfortable in "taking liberties" against the likes of Mr. Morrison.... or me...or YOU?

Mr. Morrison's criminal trial has been scheduled for April 2014.

"When the Nazis came for the communists, I said nothing; I was, of course, no communist.
When they locked up the Social Democrats, I said nothing; I was, of course, no Social Democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists, I said nothing; I was, of course, no trade unionist.
When they came for me, there was no one left who could protest."
~ Rev. Martin Niemoller ~


If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

We look forward to your comments on this situation.
Drop us a line to let us know what you think.


Sex Crimes
VCSO Press Releases

The VCSO issued a press release on the Stewart-Marchman molestation incident - but did not issue a press release of a jail rape - why not?

VolusiaExposed.Com article
No VCSO Press Release on Jail Rape?

VolusiaExposed.Com article
Rape at the Volusia Jail



Assistant County Attorney, Nancye Jones handles many of the litigations coming out of the Volusia County jail.

Nancye Jones' husband, VCSO Major Robert Jones, supervises the deputies that investigate possible criminal violations within the county jail.

We have concerns that several criminal investigations have been possibly manipulated, in order to reduce the County of Volusia's civil liability.

Our concern includes this particular in-custody sexual battery investigation, and the below listed situations.

We invite you to review our concerns.

The Mary Knudsen Incident

The in-custody death of Inmate Tracy Veira
Falsification of Documents by County Officials


The Failure of the FMJS Jail Inspection Process, Florida needs to return to the independent FAC 33-8 Inspection Process.

Florida Jail Oversight in Retrograde

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