Detroit police commissioner faces the music after prostitute in truck scandal
Detroit, Michigan - A Detroit Police commissioner has resigned after he was caught in his car with a prostitute, and attempted to use his position to get out of trouble.
According to WXYZ Detroit, Wayne County sheriff’s officials said an undercover sergeant witnessed Bryan Ferguson involved in a sex act with a prostitute in his truck parked near an intersection on Wednesday morning.
Ferguson, who represented District 1 and was a former chair of the board, allegedly told officers he was a police commissioner, and asked, "Can you help me out with this?"
He was ultimately charged with indecent or obscene conduct involving a sex act with a prostitute.
Ferguson has maintained his innocence, claiming he saw the woman running down the street, in fear for her life. He said she jumped into his truck for safety against his wishes, and when he stepped out of the vehicle after she refused to leave, he was met by officers.
He said he is not sure why officers believed he was having sex with the woman, who was also cited with indecent obscene conduct.
During the Detroit Police Board of Commissioners weekly meeting on Thursday evening, Ferguson announced his resignation, which was approved by the board.
In a statement, he said his decision came after considering "the best interests of my family and the Board."
"Again, I admonish the Board and the public to remain focused on the important work of oversight, transparency and accountability," he added.
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