The domestic violence investigation into Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been delayed by “chaos” at the Dallas Police Department, reports Tasha Tsiaperas of The Dallas Morning News.
Dallas police spokesman Maj. Midge Boyle said on Saturday that the investigation could be completed in about a week, but Tsiaperas reports the potential filing of criminal charges against Manziel could be delayed by as much as two weeks while the investigating officer completes his patrol hours.
The detective on Manziel’s case was called onto a two-week street patrol rotation as part of a recently reinstated community policing program aimed at decreasing response times to 911 calls. The program has been criticized for creating a backlog of cases.
“The department is in chaos,” Dallas Police Association president Ron Pinkston said Wednesday.
Manziel is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley and rupturing her left eardrum before forcing her into a car and threatening to kill them both. Manziel has not been charged with a crime, but a judge passed a protective order barring Manziel from having any contact with Crowley for two years.
The alleged assault of Crowley is the latest of a string of incidents involving Manziel, and the Browns are expected to release the 23-year-old quarterback in March.
- Erin Flynn