The latest victim of crime in war-torn Memphis is the city’s police chief.Chief Cerelyn Davis says her handgun, backpack and lockbox were stolen from a car parked outside Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery in Cordova.
“This incident is a vivid reminder that even as a police official, I am not immune to the criminal activity that occurs so blatantly in our city,” Chief Davis said in a statement to KWAM NewsTalk. “This will only strengthen my resolve to get stolen guns off our streets and bring those perpetrators to justice.”
The backpack was later recovered but the chief’s firearm is still missing. The handgun was her secondary duty weapon.
“Carrying my weapons on or near my person has been a career-long practice on and off duty. Like so many others in our city, I am outraged to have property stolen and angered that my gun may be used unlawfully to commit a crime,” the chief said. “This was an unfortunate incident and a reminder of the public safety challenges we face as a community.”Many local residents were stunned that the police chief left the weapon unattended in a vehicle.
“Memphis, we are known for carjacking (and)break-ins. So I wouldn’t have left my firearm. I don’t leave my firearm in the car. I take it with me,” Angela Hamilton of Memphis told Fox 13.
“I don’t know what’s worse, a police chief so incompetent she lets her gun get stolen or criminals so emboldened they will steal directly from the police chief. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so serious,” wrote one citizen on Facebook. “You cannot script the irony and utter failure of Memphis police leadership.”Another wrote, “Well thank you for arming another criminal. Your incompetence is cause for your resignation. Memphis needs better.”
There’s no word on whether the police chief will face any repercussions for leaving her weapon unattended.