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MPD officer charged with assaulting Regional One med tech over a hot dog, while on duty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – An on-duty Memphis Police officer is charged after investigators say he assaulted a med tech at Regional One Hospital ...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – An on-duty Memphis Police officer is charged after investigatorssay he assaulted a med tech at Regional One Hospital over a hot dog.

According to the police affidavit, it happened at the hospital inthe police holding area about noon on September 20th. The med techtold investigators she went to the police holding area to borrow equipment forher unit when she saw they were having a cookout. She said she asked an RN inpolice holding if she could have a hot dog, and was told she could. But shesaid Officer Ralph Confer, 47, then told her she couldn’t.

The med tech said she left the police holding area and returned ashort time later, and another employee told her she could have a hot dog. Themed tech told investigators she headed to the breakroom to fix a hot dog, whenOfficer Confer followed her.

The med tech told police that Confer slapped the hot dog bun outher hand, told her she couldn’t have one, then asked her to leave out the backdoor. According to the affidavit, the med tech said she couldn’t leave out theback door and told him she had to leave out the front door. She said Conferthen told her she had to leave where he told her, and began to corral hertoward the back door.

At that point, the med tech said Confer picked her up by both arms,causing her to slam her head into cabinets in the breakroom. She said Conferthen threw her on the ground, put a knee in her back, handcuffed her, and thenput her in the female holding cell. The med tech said Confer never advised her shewas under arrest, nor explained any charges to her. She said another nursecalled her supervisor, who came to police holding. It was then that Conferreleased her to the supervisor.

According to the police affidavit, the med tech suffered a hematomato the top of her head and bruising on both arms and her shin.

Confer was arrested and charged with assault. He is currently outof jail on $100 bond.