The commission was upset with his orders directing officers to use tear gas and pepper spray to disperse people during protests over George Floyd’s death last spring and summer. Morales also drew the commission’s ire when he refused a demand from the panel’s chairman to fire one of the officers who arrested former Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown for parking illegally in 2018.
Morales sued for damages.
Milwaukee County Judge Christopher Foley ruled in May that Morales should be reinstated on July 3 unless his attorneys and the city settled the lawsuit. The two sides have been pushing the return date back as they continued to hammer out an agreement, and set Aug. 1 as the new deadline for final approval by the city’s Common Council.
This story has been corrected to show Morales will not resume his job if the settlement is finalized.