Skip to comments.Report: D.C. police stopped providing after-hours security for Detroit's mayor in 2002
Posted on 01/21/2005 9:46:24 AM PST by wmichgrad
DETROIT (AP) Police in Washington, D.C. stopped providing after-hours protection for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during trips to the nation's capital in 2002 because of the Detroit mayor's frequent nightclub-hopping, according to a pair of D.C. police supervisors.
The supervisors, one in a sworn lawsuit affidavit and the other in an interview Thursday with the Detroit Free Press, said the behavior of Kilpatrick and his crew could result in injury or public embarrassment to their officers.
Lt. Paul Charity, who was Dodson's superior in 2002 and now works in Washington's internal affairs unit, confirmed the decision when reached by phone Thursday. Washington police provide protection for VIPs as a professional courtesy and continue to do so for Kilpatrick when he is on official business there, he said.
The officers' accounts provide corroboration of allegations made by a former Detroit police bodyguard in a 2003 lawsuit that claims the mayor partied while out of town with women who were not his wife. The lawsuit is one of two that have made salacious accusations against Kilpatrick about his personal life. Neither officer reported seeing the mayor cheat on his wife.
Mayoral adviser Conrad Mallett Jr. said late Thursday that he believed the Washington officers were trying to help Detroit police who Mallett says are out to ruin the mayor.
"None of the allegations of moral turpitude against the mayor are true," Mallett told the Free Press.
Washington police Sgt. Tyrone Dodson, in an affidavit obtained by the Free Press, explained why police cut back their contact with Kilpatrick.
"We arrived at this decision because we felt that the late evening partying on the part of Mayor Kilpatrick would leave our officers stretched too thin and might result in an incident at one of the clubs," Dodson wrote.
In his sworn testimony on Sept. 9, Dodson who gave his deposition as part of the lawsuit described one night in 2002 when he accompanied Kilpatrick and two Detroit police bodyguards to the Washington nightclub Dream.
"The mayor filled the limousine with 10 or more people, mostly young women dressed in evening wear," Dodson wrote.
Samuel McCargo, Kilpatrick's lawyer, said Dodson's statement should be viewed with cynicism because he wasn't cross-examined.
"An affidavit is a very one-sided document," McCargo said. "You get a picture that is oft-times very incomplete."
Mallett said he is working to prove the Washington officers are part of a conspiracy.
"I do not believe that they are as clean as the driven snow and purely altruistic and acting out of a sense of good citizenship," he said. "I don't believe that for a minute."
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com
Kwame Kilpatrick? Is this truly the man's name? Just damn.
This guy must be a democrat, AP always makes note in print if the individual in trouble is republican, and never when it's a democrat.
Ohhhhh ... Monkey Business flashback, except boat = limo.
Damn! Where's the turkeys, suckah?
Yep, that's his name. He's had a LOT of scandals involving his security detail. Most of them seem to be his high-school football buddies, and in 2002 a few of them were especially dedicated, racking up week after week of 21 hour days, seven days a week. Just this past week he used city funds to lease a Lincoln Navigator for his wife for one year at the two-year rate (essentially overpaying for an entire year since the dealer couldn't lease it for less than two years, but Kwami could only appropriate the money for one). He's a real piece of... work.
Kwame Kilpatrick is a Democrat. He's made the city of Detroit his frathouse playground. I would venture to say he is more corupt than even former mayor Coleman Young. Stories of parties at the mayor's mansion, assaults, strippers, affairs, kickbacks....it's a mess. He needs to be fired.
Behold, the 'Pimp of Detroit'.
Wow, how old is that pic? Looks a few years old. Not that it matters, lol. My hubby is an architect in Detroit and has met Kwame many times......he always says Kwame is one smooth operator. And.....BIIIIIIGGGGG!
He's not going anywhere. Now that he's in some trouble, he just has to start bashing the white media, like Young did, and he's in solid. His constituency craves that.
I believe his mother is a representative in Washington. One of the mayor's body guards roughed up a Detroit TV reporter while the mayor was attending a convention in DC this week. The bodyguard actually pushed the reporter across a hall and slammed him into a door. It was quite ugly to watch. The reporter is the one who broke the story of the mayor leasing a Navigator for his wife, while at the same time announcing cutbacks (700 jobs) in the city. The reporter produced copies of the lease. The Navigator scandal has been going on for a month.
Kwame sounds like a real whack-job.
Gee, I thought we only had mayors like that in DC?
So yeah, Kilpatrick is a dem.(Former Dem state Rep)
What level of genius is required to communicate with a hiphop constituency? Sounds like Detroit's top cop isn't too pleased about fronting for him. Now, as predicted, he's hammering 'journalists'. I understand he had a bodyguard clobber a reporter for asking 'threatening questions'. Detroiters got exactly what they wanted. Again.