CAMDEN, NJ — Bryan Morton, 49, an activist in the Camden school district and the husband of 4th Ward City Councilwoman Felisha Reyes-Morton, is facing three charges that stem from an Oct. 10 incident, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office has confirmed.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) said Friday that Morton has been charged with third-degree of aggravated assault, unnlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose for the alleged attack, which involved a microphone.
According to a group of residents that gathered to call for more action on the matter in front of police headquarters in Camden on Thursday, Morton allegedly assaulted Rashan Prailow during an “elite professional dinner” Saturday night. Prailow, a Camden resident, previously ran for City Council in 2018.
A complaint provided by the CCPO indicates Prailow was struck “multiple times causing visible signs of injury…”
A redacted probable cause statement states that the interaction turned physical following a verbal dispute between Morton and Prailow.
“Prailow advised officers he was addressed by Morton who stated, ‘We all know about you and you don’t live here, you’re a [expletive] joke and we’re all laughing at you.”
Police officers were reportedly not called upon to respond at the time. Colby Gallagher, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office, said the authorities were informed of the incident the following day. The circumstances of the alleged attack are under investigation.
Morton is the president of the North Camden Little League and the founder of Parents for Great Camden Schools (PGCS). His wife, Reyes-Morton, was recently elected to the council - making her the youngest serving member.
During the rally on Federal Street in front of the CCPD administration building, various advocates spoke out about the attack.
Prailow, standing in front of a mic with a bandage on his head said Thursday he felt “persecuted” and treated like a “wild man” during the altercation.
“This is not an indictment on Camden, this is an indictment on Bryan Morton, his wife and whoever else supports how he maneuvers throughout this city,” said Prailow. “We have more than enough people who are educated enough, capable and have the right heart and passion to do the right things.”
Morton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.