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Councilman explains controversy after ousted in Prairie Village

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS (KCTV) -

A controversial city councilor is telling his side of the story after voted unanimously out of the City Council for allowing a homeless man to stay in City Hall for three days.

The Prairie Village City Council voted to oust David Morrison because of his actions, and now the district attorney will decide if Morrison will lose his position.

A majority of people who have heard of Morrison's story supports the councilman for what he did by putting compassion before rules.

There is even a Facebook page in his honor with more than 340 members and counting.

"I think that is unbelievably cool. It makes me feel a whole lot better," Morrison said.

Morrison said he had no idea because he doesn't use Facebook. But he is glad to hear about support for his controversial move to let an old friend spend the night in city hall, unattended, with the councilman's keycode.

"If I had to do it all over again, I would never have done it," he said.

His old friend, once a mortgage broker, developed a drug habit that eventually made him homeless and criminally involved.

His friend said he had a price on his head because of something he knew. Morrison said he called the United Way and his assistant pastor.

Morrison said his church didn't think it was safe for him if they took him in, so he was trying to find a secure place with a police presence.

City Hall is connected to the police department.

Morrison said he wanted to take his friend to the police station and ask to put him in jail.

"I wanted to do that. I pleaded with the guy to do it. He wouldn't," Morrison said.

As far as access to confidential records, Morrison said they were in rooms his code didn't have access to.

When asked about putting his friend in a hotel room or Morrison's home, he said it wasn't a trust issue, but one of finding a place that would be safe for his friend.

He also said he made sure his friend was there only during the hours when the building was closed so that others would not be in danger.

His friend had access to the employee lunchroom, and a keycode required to get to a bathroom.

When women in City Hall found out, they were horrified by the potential safety risks.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to ask the district attorney to have Morrison ousted.

Morrison is still hoping the district attorney will feel differently than the council.

"I don't think the punishment fits the crime. There was no personal gain or benefit of any type here," he said.  "I can understand them stripping me of the council presidency. I could understand them censuring me. But to take away my office and right to vote deprives the electorate."

Until the district attorney decides how to proceed, Morrison still has a vote on the council.

Click here to see the Facebook page created to show support for Morrison. 

Click here to read pervious coverage.

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