MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - On Monday, Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings spoke for the first time since a shocking arrest was announced Sunday.
Rallings says he’s consulting with the FBI to make sure that former Memphis Police Officer Patric Ferguson who worked at the Tillman station, is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“I was absolutely shocked. Heartbroken,” said Rallings.
Speaking Monday afternoon, Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings’s first message was to the family of the victim, 30-year-old Robert Howard.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to you. To think that this young man had three children, or leaves behind 3 children and a broken-hearted family is devastating,” said Rallings.
Ferguson is accused of kidnapping Howard from a Frayser neighborhood, forcing him into the back of his police car while armed with a personal handgun.
Police say Ferguson drove a short distance away, then shot and killed Howard as he sat in the back of the patrol car.
Rallings called Ferguson a “rogue cop” and says he’s consulting with the FBI to make sure Ferguson receives the harshest sentence possible.
“In case there are additional federal violations to ensure that he is made an example out of,” said Rallings. “I hope this individual never sees the light of day.”
Ferguson was hired by the police department in 2018.
He was a graduate of Shelby County Schools, received a college degree and had no history of criminal behavior.
The police department is now reviewing its procedures and policies to see if anything can be done to prevent anything like this from happening in the future.
“He does not represent us,” said Rallings. “We still will review and ensure that we will do all that we can to make sure we are screening properly and supervising properly and making sure our citizens are protected.”
Rallings called this incident an anomaly.
He points out that MPD had 1.7 million interactions with the community last year and 2020 ended with no fatal officer-involved shootings.