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 July 15, 2023

Detroit police chief quits after prostitution scandal

Detroit Police Commissioner Bryan Ferguson announced his resignation on Thursday, according to a report by Detroit News.

The resignation came a day after he was ticketed for allegedly having sex with a prostitute inside his truck on the city's northwest side and attempting to curry favor with the officers who had caught him.

Midnight on Wednesday, hours after news of the incident in which Ferguson reportedly asked a Wayne County Sheriff's deputy, "Can you help me out?" became public, Ferguson was reportedly arrested.

The former commissioner issued a statement denying any malfeasance and indicating that he intended to remain on the board but would miss the upcoming meetings.

Thursday, however, the board issued a second statement from Ferguson announcing his resignation.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Detroit in police oversight," the statement said.

"After further consideration of the best interests of my family and the board, I am choosing to resign. Again, I admonish the board and the public to remain focused on the important work of oversight, transparency and accountability."

The resignation is effective immediately, according to Ferguson's statement.

The incident involving the prostitute occurred at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, when an undercover narcotics and morality squad observed Ferguson seated in his truck in the Happy Homes neighborhood near Schoolcraft and Sorrento in northwest Detroit, according to Wayne County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Bates.

After Ferguson and the woman departed the vehicle and sheriff's deputies began issuing citations, the former police commissioner informed the deputies that he was a member of the police board and asked, "Can you help me out?" Bates said.

Ferguson was issued a citation for indecent obscene conduct, and his vehicle was towed, according to Bates. According to the report, Ferguson claimed the woman hopped into his vehicle and he was “trying to kick her out.”

Wednesday night, he denied the allegations in a statement:

"The allegation is untrue and the situation is a big misunderstanding," he said. "I do not want this personal matter to become a distraction from the important oversight work this board has to do," he said. "For that reason, I am making the decision to step back from the board meetings for a time."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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