The Biloxi Police Department and the entire Gulf Coast Community suffered a tragic loss May 5, 2019 with the loss of Officer Robert McKeithen.
As we mark the one year anniversary of his death, the Biloxi Police Department will be honoring him by certain actions and events, most of which will not be open to the public but video will be publically provided in a timely manner. The police department has decided to hold their vigils through the listed methods in order to abide by COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
Beginning at midnight on May 4, 2020, within the Biloxi Police Department there will be a revolving memorial photo clip that will play continuously throughout the day that is meant to be memorialize Officer McKeithen and for officers and other co-workers to pay their respects. The memorial clip will be shared on the Biloxi Police Department’s Face Book page.
Officer McKeithen’s patrol car will be parked in front of the Biloxi Police Department throughout the week. Attached to his car you will see the American Flag as well as a thin blue line American Flag to symbolize law enforcement.
At 6:00 p.m., Mayor Gilich will be issuing a proclamation in front of City Council. That can be viewed live through the City of Biloxi’s web page biloxi.ms.us.
Officer McKeithen was shot at 10:07 p.m. while taking a report in the front parking lot of the police department. At 10:00 p.m., Director John B. Miller will give a short speech privately, from within the police department. That speech will lead up until 10:07 p.m. when a minute of silence will be observed over the Biloxi Police radio. During the moment of silence the blue lights on Officer McKeithen’s patrol car will be activated. Following the moment of silence, a prayer will be given.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines and in an effort to promote social distancing, this ceremony will be off limits to the public but will be video recorded. As soon as the recording is over, the video will be uploaded to the Biloxi Police Department’s Face Book page for public viewing.