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Southern fires campus police chief

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Posted: Apr 24, 2010 8:35 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Apr 25, 2010 12:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern, Police, Fired, Michael Morris

Southern University spent the past week without its Chief of Police after he was forced out on Wednesday. Former Chief Michael Morris says he was fired without warning.

"They told me, 'Chief, Southern's Police department, we want to take it in a different direction and that direction doesn't include you,'" said Morris.

He thinks he was fired because of a series of break-ins at the new field house, but he claims he warned the University the building was a burglar's dream.

"At the outset, I told them, put in an alarm, put in motion sensors, put in video surveillance," said Morris.

Morris said during his four year tenure as Chief, crime dropped while he lowered costs. Now he's worried what the new direction of the department will mean for students.

Southern University responded to News 2's request for a comment saying, "We won't comment on personnel matters."

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