Rallings opens up about officer shootings in Baton Rouge, Dallas

Rallings opens up about officer shootings in Baton Rouge, Dallas

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department Interim Director Mike Rallings held an emotional news conference following the deadly shootings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Earlier in the day, he released a statement to the Memphis Police Department Facebook page.

"Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to the officers and community of Baton Rouge. We are also praying for the officers of Milwaukee while one of their own has been shot. The motives behind these shootings have not yet been released, but I can ensure you all that we are monitoring the situation. I ask that everyone pray for the officers of MPD and pray for all law enforcement throughout our country. We must work together to maintain peace and justice throughout our communities," Interim Director Rallings said.

Rallings addressed the public about the tension officers are feeling and the heartbreak that spread across the department upon learning about the shootings in Baton Rouge.

With the support of Memphians, Rallings said officers will get through this tough time.

"We knew it was a tough job when we raised our right hand so we are going to try to hang in there," Rallings said.

The tough job police face every day when they put on their badge has gotten much tougher lately with rallies turning violent and officers being killed all over the country.

"It's tense. It's tough, but our officers are resilient," Rallings said.

His sentiment was echoed by Highway Patrol Captain Jimmy Johnson on Sunday.

"It's tough you know, but that's part of our job when we put on our badge. It's tough," Johnson said.

Rallings thanked officers of MPD for putting their lives on the line every day to protect the city and its citizens.

"I just want you to know that I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication. The city appreciates your hard work," Rallings said to law enforcement. "I just want you to hang in there until we can bring this to a close."

MPD will continue to operate at a level three. That means no days off for officers, as well as a heightened since of security, which means more patrols in public places, officers standing guard, etc.

When asked about MPD sending officers to Cleveland, Rallings said MPD supports the Cleveland Police Department.

"I'm actually honored that we've sent these officers there," Rallings said.

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