Surveillance video shows what Memphis police say is one of their colleagues brazenly attempting to steal money from a representative of the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Memphis International Airport.
The cop is Memphis police officer Ronald Harris, reports local CBS affiliate WREG.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation representative was at the airport to give a $1,500 prepaid credit card to a family going on a trip sponsored by the famed charity. The card was in a brown paper bag that also contained five shirts from St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Harris was somehow tipped off about the debit-card delivery, police say.
The video shows Harris, in a white t-shirt and jeans, running violently toward some people sitting in a row of airport chairs. He then attacks someone — presumably the Make-A-Wish rep.
A tussle ensues, which includes a few security guards and a couple bystanders. There’s a little kid just off to the left witnessing the fray.
Harris head-butted a family member of the Make-A-Wish gift recipient during the melee. The family member, Nathan Moore, bled profusely as a result but refused medical attention and heroically got on a plane.
Harris faces a slew of charges as a result of the bizarre incident. He is now suspended from the police department as well. The current status of his salary remains unknown.
The cop was already on leave from his job before the incident and seeing a psychologist.
He has some other baggage, too. His wife told WREG that Harris has previously threatened to murder her. Also, an unidentified man told the station that the cop had falsely accused him of slashing Harris’s tires. The man ended up in jail as a result. Police say Harris is a mail thief, too.
Some of the cop’s neighbors seem to like him, though
“He’s a super nice guy. He’d do anything for anybody,” neighbor Marsha Turner told the CBS affiliate. “I couldn’t imagine anyone saying anything bad about Ronnie.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranges various experiences chosen by children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
On a positive note, the family taking the Make-A-Wish trip was able to arrive at their vacation destination.