MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FOX13 Investigates is digging deeper into the history of Memphis police officers relieved of duty.
Our review comes after former MPD officer Patric Ferguson was charged with kidnapping and murdering Robert Howard. Ferguson has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Memphis Police Department’s Policy and Procedure Manual states officers are automatically relieved of duty for several reasons including but not limited to, if they’re arrested, indicted or if they shoot someone.
FOX13 Investigates obtained a list of MPD officers relieved of duty over the last three years.
The list shows 22 police personnel total, two of whom were relieved of duty twice. Within this group, nine of these officers were arrested and/or indicted, and charged with various felonies.
Some of the cases include Officer Al Bond who was arrested and charged with rape.
Officer Dennis McNeil, Jr. has been arrested twice in two years. First in 2018 when he was accused of beating and threatening to kill his girlfriend and then again last April for breaking into the home of his child’s mother.
The list has mostly men on it but there are some women.
Officer Jocelyn Robinson was relieved in June 2018. She was indicted on charges of official misconduct and tampering with evidence after hiding money during a traffic stop involving her son.
The records show 15 police personnel were relieved of duty in 2020 alone which is the most during this three-year period. Those employees represent a combination of officers, police service tech, radio dispatcher and even a police sergeant.
It’s important to note, most of those employees were not involved in criminal actions but still relieved of duties.
According to MPD’s Policy and Procedure Manual, an officer may be relieved of duty for their own physical or emotional protection. After an officer is involved in a serious incident, the manual states relief of duty may be part of the healing process.
The manual states “being away from the workstation should afford some sense of comfort for the officer’s state of mind. It should stabilize the officer and the situation until more information can be obtained.”
FOX13 reached out to the Memphis Police department for a statement on this and more information about two officers who were relieved of duty twice.
But the department is still working on that request.