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Detroit police commissioner allegedly caught with prostitute, asked deputies to 'help' cover for him
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Detroit police commissioner allegedly caught with prostitute, asked deputies to 'help' cover for him

The chair of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has resigned after he was reportedly caught with a prostitute and then asked deputies to "help" cover for him.

Just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, narcotics agents with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Michigan spotted a known prostitute enter a truck and supposedly perform a sex act on the vehicle's other occupant. When a man then stepped out of the vehicle, he identified himself as Bryan Ferguson, the District 1 representative on the DBPC, and asked the deputies to "help him out," said Capt. Jason Bates.

But Bates stated that Ferguson's "title or position" did not make him "above the law," and Ferguson was issued a misdemeanor citation for indecent and obscene conduct. The unidentified woman was also issued a ticket as well, but the details of that citation are unknown.

By Thursday night, Ferguson had released a statement announcing his resignation from the police board, and the board then voted unanimously to accept it. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Detroit in police oversight," Ferguson wrote. "After further consideration of the best interests of my family and the Board, I am choosing to resign as District 1 Police Commissioner effective immediately."

Ferguson did not attend the weekly DPBC meeting on Thursday, fearing that his "personal matter" might be an unnecessary "distraction from the important oversight work this board has to do." Ferguson also later claimed that the entire incident was "a big misunderstanding" and that he has "nothing to hide." He claimed that the woman climbed into his truck of her own accord and "just pulled up right on" him.

"This is rough. This is rough to tell. Because now I’m going to have to have this conversation with my family," said Ferguson.

According to his bio on the board website, Ferguson is married and has one daughter. He graduated from the police academy in 2014 and joined the DBPC in 2021. He was then elected to vice chair in 2022, though when he was promoted to chair is unclear.

Rev. Jim Holley, the vice chair of the board, called Ferguson's decision to resign "the right thing to do." Commissioner Ricardo Moore agreed, implying that it was necessary to maintain "the public trust."

Commissioner QuanTez Presley has since been designated the new "board chair," though the DBPC website still lists Ferguson as the representative from District 1. The board did not respond to a request for comment from the New York Post.

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