name = Kwame Malik Kilpatrick
order = Mayor of Detroit
term_start = January 1, 2002
term_end = September 18, 2008
successor = Ken Cockrel, Jr.
birth_date = birth date and age|mf=yes|1970|06|6
party = Democratic
spouse = Carlita Kilpatrick
profession = Politician
Residence = 217 Touraine, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
alma_mater = Florida A&M
Church of God in Christcite web|url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080128/NEWS01/801280341 |title=Mayor Kilpatrick seen, not heard |accessdate=2008-01-28 |last=Schmitt|first=Ben |coauthors= Amber Hunt |date=2008-01-28 |publisher=Gannett |work=The Detroit Free Press|quote= Kilpatrick was a no-show for the morning service at his Detroit church...the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ ]
Former residence =
Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born
June 6, 1970), now a convicted felon, served as mayor of Detroit, Michiganfrom 2002 to 2008. When elected at the age of 31 he was the youngest mayor in the history of Detroit. Kilpatrick's tenure as mayor was plagued with controversies which included allegations (not all against Kilpatrick himself) of marital infidelity, conspiracy, perjury, and murder. Kilpatrick is the only mayor in the history of Detroit to be charged with a felony while in office. [http://www.newsweek.com/id/137773?tid=relatedcl] On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor, which became effective on September 18, [cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080904/NEWS01/309050001| title=Mayor: 'I lied under oath' |accessdate=2008-09-04] following a guilty plea to two felonies for obstruction of justice.
Early life and family
Prior to his career in politics, Kilpatrick taught at Detroit's Marcus Garvey Academy and started the school's first basketball team.
His mother, Congresswoman
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, represents Michigan's 13th District in the United States House of Representatives, and serves as the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucusin the 110th United States Congress. Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, served as Chief of Staffto former Wayne County Executive Edward H. McNamara. [cite web |url=http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0807/p01s03-uspo.htm |title='Hip hop mayor' aims to rev Motor City engine |accessdate=2008-02-19 |last=Marks |first=Alexandra |date=2002-08-07 |work=online and print |publisher=The Christian Science Monitor] Kwame's twin brother, Derrick Kilpatrick, was killed in a gang fight at the age of seven.
Political career and controversies
Michigan State Representative
Kilpatrick was elected in 1996 to the
Michigan House of Representativesafter his mother, Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrickvacated the seat to campaign for a position in the United States Congress.cite web |last=Staff Writer |date=2008-01-28 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080128/NEWS01/80128035/0/NEWS06&theme=KILPATRICK012008 |title=Beatty quits, says she regrets 'devastation' caused by scandal
work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-02-22]
His campaign staff consisted of high school classmates Derrick Miller and
Christine Beatty, who became his legislative aide; while married, Kilpatrick would have an affair with Beatty. The campaign was run on a budget of $10,000 and did not receive endorsements from trade unions, congressional districts, or the Democratic establishment.
Kilpatrick was elected Democratic floor leader and later,
House Democratic Leader, making him the first African-American to lead a MichiganLegislature.cite news |last=Hackney |first=Suzette |coauthors=Bill McGraw |date=2008-02-24 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080224/NEWS05/802240628 |title=The Kilpatrick Paradox |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-02-24]
Mayor of Detroit
Kilpatrick became the youngest mayor of Detroit when elected in 2001. Towards the end of his tenure as Detroit Mayor, many citizens of the city jokingly referred to him as King Kwame, (the "King" emphasizing his vow to "never quit" on Detroit and careless spending of the city's money for his own benefit).
In his 2002 inaugural address, Kilpatrick said:cquote|I stand before you as a son of the city of Detroit and all that it represents. I was born here in the city of Detroit, I was raised here in the city of Detroit, I went to these Detroit Public Schools. I understand this city. ... This position is personal to me. It's much more than just politics.
He was criticized for using city funds to lease a car for use by his family and using his city issued credit card to charge thousands of dollars worth of spa massages, extravagant dining, and expensive wines. Kilpatrick would later pay back $9000 of the $210,000 credit card charges.
By April 2005, Kilpatrick's approval rating in Detroit was sharply declining due to the scandals and a perceived lack of improvement in the city. As a result, the April 17, 2005 issue of "
Time Magazine" listed him as one of the three worst big-city mayors in the United States, [cite journal |last=Gibbs |first=Nancy |url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1050214,00.html|title=The 5 Best Big-City Mayors, |work= TIME Magazine|date=2005-04-17] [ [http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw114535_20050417.htm Broken link] ] along with Dick Murphyof San Diego and John F. Streetof Philadelphia.
When serious questions about water department contracts came to light in late 2005 Judge Feikens ended Mayor Kilpatrick’s special administratorship. In January 2006, the Detroit News reported that,
"Kilpatrick used his special administrator authority to bypass the water board and City Council on three controversial contracts:
*A $131 million radio system that will be used mostly by Detroit police and fire departments.
*A $21.3 million security upgrade performed by a company tied to the mayor's friend, Bobby Ferguson.
*A $38,000 no-bid public relations contract awarded to Bob Berg, the spokesman for Kilpatrick's re-election campaign."Detroit News , “Kilpatrick out as water chief" January 6, 2006]
2005 re-election campaign
In May 2005, the "
Detroit Free Press" reported that over the first 33 months of his term, Kilpatrick had charged over $210,000 on his city-issued credit cardfor travel, meals, and entertainment. [cite web |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155428,00.html |title=Records: Detroit Mayor Charged $210K for Wining, Dining |accessdate=2008-02-19 |date=2005-05-03 |work=online |publisher=Fox News/Associated Press]
At a May 2005 campaign rally, Kilpatrick's father, Bernard "Killer" Kilpatrick, made controversial statements equating recent media reports about his son to Nazi propaganda that led to the death of 6 million Jews in
Europe. He later apologized. [cite web |url=http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0505/19/A01-186967.htm |title=Mayor's father is sorry for remarks. Bernard Kilpatrick apologizes for calling stories about son akin to lies of the Nazis. |accessdate=2008-02-19 |last=Josar|first=David |date= May 19, 2005 |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News]
In October 2005, a third-party group supporting Kilpatrick named "The Citizens for Honest Government" caused controversy with an advertisement which compared media criticism of him to lynch mobs. [cite news |last=Hansen |first=Ronald J. |url=http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0510/28/A01-364390.htm |title=Lynching' ad heats up hot mayor's race |work-The Detroit News |date2005-10-28]
Kilpatrick and his opponent
Freman Hendrix, both Democrats, initially claimed victory but as the votes were tallied, it became clear that Kilpatrick had come back from his stretch of unpopularity to win a second term in office. Only three months prior to that, most commentators declared his political career over after he was the first Detroit incumbent mayor to come in second in a primary. Pre-election opinion polls predicted a large win for Hendrix; however, Kilpatrick won with 53 percent of the vote. [cite web |url=http://media.www.michigandaily.com/media/storage/paper851/news/2005/11/09/News/Four-More.Years.Kilpatrick.Pulls.Ahead-1432837.shtml |title=Four More Years: Kilpatrick pulls ahead |accessdate=2008-02-19 |last=Heming |first=Julia F. |coauthors=Drew Philp |date=11/9/05 |work= |publisher=The Michigan Daily] [cite web |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/13/opinion/13clemens.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1 |title=A Comeback Kid for a Dead-End Town |accessdate=2008-02-19 |last=Clemens |first=Paul |date=November 13, 2005 |work= |publisher=The New York Times]
Kilpatrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with
diverticulitisin Houston, Texas, in July 2006. Kilpatrick's personal physician indicated that Kilpatrick's condition may have been caused by a high-protein weight-loss diet. [ [http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060711/NEWS01/607110357 Broken Link] ] Detroit's city council voted unanimously to approve Kilpatrick’s tax plan, which he said he hopes will provide homeowners some relief from the city’s high property tax rates. The cuts ranged from 18% to 35%, depending on the property’s value. [cite web |last=Bello |first=Marisol |url=http://www.ralphroberts.com/blog/2006/07/ |title=Detroiters’ efforts pay off: Council approves tax relief |work=Detroit Free Press |date=2006-07-29]
The city was 14 months late in filing its 2005–2006 audit and now estimates that it will cost an additional $2.4 million due to new auditing requirements that were not addressed by the city. The 2006–2007 fiscal year audit due on December 31, 2007 is expected to be 11 months late.cite web |last=Gorchow |first=Zachary |coauthors= |date=2008-03-14 |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080314/NEWS01/80314036 |title=City's late audit to cost an additional $2.4 million |work=freep.com |publisher=The Detroit Free Press |accessdate=2008-03-14 |quote= ]
The State Treasury is withholding $35 million of its monthly revenue sharing to the city and requires Detroit to receive approval before selling bonds to raise money. Kilpatrick told the city council that he takes partial blame for the late audits because he laid off too many accountants, but the firm hired to replace them is not doing its job.cite web |last=Gorchow |first=Zachary |coauthors= |date=2008-02-28 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080221/NEWS01/802210390/1003/news01 |title=Late audit delays funds from state |work=freep.com |publisher=The Detroit Free Press |accessdate=2008-03-14 |quote= ]
2008 State of the City Address and reaction
On March 11, 2008, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick delivered his seventh "State of the City Address" to Detroit. The majority of the 70-minute speech focused on positive changes occurring throughout Detroit and future plans. Kilpatrick specifically noted increased police surveillance, new policing technologies, and initiatives to rebuild neglected neighborhoods in the city. He received repeated standing ovations from the invitation-only audience.
Towards the end of the speech, Kilpatrick deviated from the transcript given to the media [cite news | first=Kwame | last=Kilpatrick | coauthors= | title=2008 State of the City | date=
2008-03-11| publisher= | url =http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/15569659/detail.html | work =ABC News Detroit | pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-12 | language = ] and posted on his official website [cite news | first=Kwame | last=Kilpatrick | coauthors= | title=2008 State of the City | date= 2008-03-11| publisher= | url =http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/15569659/detail.html | work =City of Detroit Mayor's Webpage | pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-12 | language = ] to address the scandal and controversy surrounding his years in office. Kilpatrick stated that the media is only focusing on the controversies as a spectacle to increase their viewership. In closing, he addressed the city council members who chose not to sit behind him on the stage in protest, particularly Kenneth Cockrel Jr., and asked that people "say no more" about any of the controversy.
"...And finally, and this may be the most talked-about part of thisspeech after laying out all of that, but I feel that I cannot leavethis auditorium with my wife and my sons sitting there withoutaddressing this issue.
In the past 30 days I've been called a nigger more than anytime in myentire life. In the past three days I've received more death threatsthan I have in my entire administration.
I've heard these words before but I've never heard people say them about my wife and children.
I have to say this because it's very personal to me. I don't believethat a Nielsen rating is worth the life of my children or your children.
This unethical, illegal lynch mob mentality has to stop.
And it's seriously time. We've never been here before. And I don't care if they cut the TV off.
We've never been in a situation like this before. Where you can sayanything, do anything, have no facts, no research, no nothing and youcan launch a hate-driven bigoted assault on a family.
I humbly ask members of the council, I humbly ask the business community, Ihumbly ask the religious community, I humbly ask the brothers andsisters of the city of Detroit - I humbly ask that we say 'no more'together.
I humbly ask that we say no more together. I love this city with everypart of my being. I will continue to stay focused on building the nextDetroit.
God Bless you, Detroit. I love you."
—Kwame M. Kilpatrick, "2008 Detroit State of the City Address"
Michigan Governor and fellow Democrat
Jennifer Granholmissued a statement in which she condemned the use of the word " nigger" in any context.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080314/NEWS05/803140314/0/NEWS01 |title=Granholm sees no place for N-word |accessdate=2008-03-14|last=CHRISTOFF |first=CHRIS |coauthors= |date=March 14, 2008 |work= |publisher=The Detroit Free Press |quote= ] The statement noted that Granholm and Kilpatrick attended the ceremonial burial of the racial slur last summer. The statement stopped short of calling for Kilpatrick's resignation despite growing public outcry that she remove him from office herself. Michigan Attorney General Mike Coxstated on WJR radio that he thought that using the word 'nigger' was "reprehensible". Cox went on to say, "I thought his statements were race-baiting on par with David Dukeand George Wallace, all to save his political career. I'm not a Detroiter, but last night crossed the line...those statements not only hurt Detroit, [but] as long as the mayor is there, he will be a drag on the whole region." Cox then said that whether Kilpatrick is brought up on criminal charges or not, Kilpatrick should resign.cite web |last=French |first=Ron |coauthors= |date=2008-03-13 |url=http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/METRO/803130408 |title=Attorney General Cox: Kilpatrick should resign |accessdate=2008-03-13 |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News |quote= ]
Former Kilpatrick political adviser Sam Riddle, labeled the address a race-baiting speech. "It's an act of desperation to use the
N-word," said Riddle. "He's attempting to regain his base of support by playing the race card. He's gone to that well one too many times."
In response to Kilpatrick characterizing the media coverage of his scandals as a baseless "hate-driven bigoted assault on a family", Carmen Harlan, a news anchor at
WDIVtelevision, stated the following:
" Mr. Mayor, I'd like to address you directly. You were absolutely right tonight when you said that death-threats and racial slurs are wrong. I'll even go further, they're inexcusable and inappropriate. But to say that we, the media, are to blame for this mess isn't fair either. Using emotionally driven words, like the N-word, phrases like "hate-driven" and "bigoted assault", even "lynch mob mentality", stirs the very core of even my emotions. You see, I love the city too, as much as you do. Like you, we [the media] have a job to do too. I've asked you to sit down with me; explain what we don't understand and how we may have gotten it wrong. I'm still waiting for that phone call. And I quote you, 'No more, I humbly ask! The Kwame Kilpatrick roller coaster has to stop!"
—Carmen Harlan, "Response to Kwame Kilpatrick's 2008 Detroit State of the City Addresscite web |url=http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/15570604/index.html |title=Carmen responds to the Mayor's Address |accessdate=2008-03-13|last= |first= |coauthors= |date=March 11, 2008 |work=Web Video |publisher=WDIV |quote= ] "
Incidents of known mayoral misbehavior
Manoogian Mansion party
Kilpatrick's controversies started from a wild party in the fall of 2002 involving strippers at the official residence of the mayor—the city-owned
Manoogian Mansion. It is alleged by former members of the mayor's Executive Protection Unit that the mayor's wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, came home unexpectedly and upon discovering Kwame with the strippers began to attack one of the women.cite web |url=http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=6269 |title=Internal affairs? |accessdate=2008-01-29 |last=Guyette |first=Curt |coauthors= |date=2004-05-26 with additional notation updated January 25, 2008 |work= |publisher=The MetroTimes] Allegations began to surface after Officer Harold C. Nelthrope contacted the internal affairs unit of the Detroit Police in April 2003 to have them investigate abuses by the mayor's Executive Protection Unit (EPU). Mayor Kilpatrick denied all allegations and rumors of any misconduct by him or his security team. An investigation by Michigan Attorney General Mike Coxand the Michigan State Policefound no evidence that the party actually happened. Nelthrope and Gary A. Brown, head of the Detroit Police Department's internal affairs unit allege that they were fired by the administration in retaliation for investigating the Mayor and other superiors. Nelthrope and Brown filed a whistleblower lawsuit and were awarded an $8.4 million-dollar settlement.
Additionally, two other officers of the Detroit Police Department, Walt Harris and Alvin Bowman, correctly claimed they were retaliated against for their involvement in investigations that would highlight the mayor's misconduct. Harris was a former member of the EPU, who was identified by the administration as cooperating with the state's investigation of the mayor and subsequently suffered a smear campaign in the media by the Kilpatrick administration.
The murder of Tamara Greene
Tamara Greenewas a 27-year-old exotic dancerwho went by the name "Strawberry", and who allegedly performed at the Manoogian Mansionparty and was, again allegedly, attacked by the mayor's wife, Carlita, the same night. While sitting in her car with her boyfriend, Greene was shot multiple times with a .40 caliber Glock handgun. Although official statement by Detroit Police Departmentclaims that Ms. Greene was shot three times, sources from Homicide Division of DPD have claimed that she was shot 18 times. Her boyfriend was wounded, but he was not shot after the white Chevrolet TrailBlazerdriven by the shooter(s) turned around and drove by a second time. This fact led Bowman to conclude that Greene was the intended target and not her 32-year-old boyfriend. She was murdered on April 30, 2003, at around 3:40 am, near the intersection of Roselawn and West Outer Drive.cite web |url=http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/14884764/detail.html |title=$150 Million Lawsuit Over Rumored Mansion Party |accessdate=2008-01-29 |date=2007-12-18 |work=Online |publisher=WDIV-TV] Her murder came after a first attempt on her life failed. This led to the theory that this was a "deliberate hit" by a member of the Detroit Police Department, a theory that Bowman would investigate. He alleges his investigation was the reason that he was taken off of the case and transferred out of homicide.
Greene's family filed a federal lawsuit against the city of
Detroitfor $150 million based on their belief her murder was a deliberate attack to keep her from talking to officers who were investigating the rumored party at the mayoral Manoogian Mansion. A judge ruled that Norman Yatooma, the attorney representing Greene's 14-year-old son, could have access to text messages of Kilpatrick, police chief Ella Bully-Cummingsand dozens of other city employees to ascertain if city officials blocked the investigation into Greene's murder.cite news |last=Schmitt |first=Ben |coauthors=David Ashenfelter |date=2008-03-14 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080211/NEWS01/80211054 |title=Judge: Greene's lawyer can have city text messages |accessdate=2008-03-15 |publisher=Gannett |work=Detroit Free Press] Yatooma also wants the text messages and GPS positions of every city employee exchanged between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on April 30, 2003.cite news |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080211/NEWS01/80211054 |title=Lawyer seeks text messages, GPS coordinates from night stripper died | accessdate=2008-02-11 |last= Schmitt |first=Ben |date=2008-02-11 |publisher=Gannett |work=Detroit Free Press] The city's communications provider Skytelhas indicated it is prepared to release the text messages if the court rules accordingly.
The lawyers for the city paid a retainer of $24,950 to the lawyers it hired to represent the city. City policy mandates that contracts $25,000 or more be approved by the city council.cite news |last= Gorchow |first=Zachary |date=2008-03-08 |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080308/NEWS01/803080338 |title=Councilwomen: Did mayor dodge us to pay lawyer in stripper case? |work=Detroit Free Press |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-03-08] Councilwoman
Sheila Cockrelasserts that the amount paid "is small for a retainer" and "I think this is probably somebody's effort to get a deposit to a lawyer on an expedited basis in a case that's got a lot of scrutiny." This is at least the second time the Kilpatrick administration has avoided council approval by entering into contracts just below the $25,000 threshold. The Lincoln NavigatorSUV leased for the Kilpatrick family in 2005 with city funds costs $24,995.
On March 1, 2008, a ten page sworn affidavit by former Detroit police
lieutenantAlvin Bowman was filed by Yatooma in the U.S. District Courtin Detroit. In that affidavit, Bowman states that "I suspected that the shooter was a law enforcement officer, and more specifically, a Detroit Police Department officer."cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080304/NEWS06/803040396 |title=Mystery of who killed stripper thickens. Ex-cop's affidavit in suit says officer shot her; city's lawyer calls that absurd |4-3-2008|last=ASHENFELTER |first=DAVID |coauthors= |date=March 4, 2008 |work= |publisher=The Detroit Free Press |quote= ] Bowman contends that the high number of .40 caliberbullets that hit Greene but not her boyfriend would indicate that the shooter had firearms training. In the document, Bowman explained how the highest levels of the police department, including then-police chief Jerry Oliverand his successor, Ella Bully-Cummings, deliberately sabotaged his investigation. He claims that files were deleted from homicide computers, reports were removed from the homicide file, and the Greene murder file itself was locked up so Bowman could not access it. Bowman states that eventually he was transferred out of homicide because he had asked too many questions about the Greene murder and the Manoogian Mansionparty. In the affidavit, Bowman says that Greene was employed with an associate of Kilpatrick, but did not name the associate. Bowman also stated that Greene's telephone records linked her to a high-ranking city employee not long before her April 2003 death. Mayer Morganroth, the lawyer representing the city said, "The Bowman affidavit is a little less than idiotic and more than absurd."
In another sworn affidavit,
Joyce Carolyn Rogers, a former employee for the Detroit Police Departmentstated that she read a police report that came across her desk in the fall 2002 which involved the mayor's wife, Carlita Kilpatrick assaulting Greene during the alleged Manoogian Mansion party. Rogers stated in the affidavit that Carlita had witnessed Greene touching the mayor "in a manner that upset the mayor's wife."cite web |url=http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/15557403/detail.html |title=Witness: Stripper Claimed Mayor's Wife Assaulted Her |accessdate=2008-03-26 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date=8:02 am EDT March 11, 2008 |work=online |publisher=WDIV TV]
Rogers' affidavit said that in the report Carlita Kilpatrick left the room and came back with a wooden object and began assaulting Greene. Two other men stepped in and tried to restrain the mayor's wife.
In 2003, a civil lawsuit was filed against Kilpatrick by his ex-bodyguard Harold Nelthrope and former Deputy Chief Police Gary Brown. The police officers claim they were fired because of an internal probe into the mayor's personal actions and that the firing was a violation of the whistleblower law.cite news |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080124/NEWS05/801240419 |title=The chain of events |accessdate=2008-02-20 |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett]
The trial began in August 2007 with Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty both denying they were involved in an extramarital affair. In his testimony, Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty and under oath said:
The trial ended on September 11, 2007, after three hours of jury deliberation, in a verdict awarding the plaintiffs $6.5 million in damages. In an angry speech in front of City Hall made minutes after the verdict was read, Kilpatrick blamed the "wrong verdict" on white suburbanite jurors. Kilpatrick also stated "There's race in this, and we run from it in this region. And I think it's impossible for us to move forward as a region without confronting it head-on. But I don't want what has happened in the past 24 months to be erased by what has happened in the last two days." [cite news |title=Sting of whispers hurts Kilpatrick the most |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070913/COL33/709130361&theme=KILPATRICK082007&imw=Y] [STEPHEN HENDERSON, Detroit News, September 13, 2007]
quote = The City Council is determined that it and the people of the city of Detroit be fully informed as to the circumstances of any settlement, but particularly this settlement.
source = William Goodmancite web |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080218/NEWS01/80218004 |title=City Council to urge Mich. Supreme Court to allow release of Kilpatrick documents
accessdate=2008-02-18 |last=Gorchow |first=Zachary |date=2008-02-18 |work=The Detroit Free Press |publisher=Gannett]
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Kilpatrick vowed to appeal the verdict, but weeks later during stalled settlement negotiations quickly approved an $8.4 million settlement upon learning of a motion by Mike Stefani, the police officers' attorney, which contained evidence that Kilpatrick and Beatty perjured themselves in their deposition and trial testimony. The Detroit City Council voted to pay the $8.4 million to the two officers involved in the civil suit and a third former officer who filed a separate lawsuit against Kilpatrick.cite web |last=Schaefer |first=Jim |coauthors=M.L. Elrick |date=2008-04-28 |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080429/NEWS01/80429056/0/NEWS01 |title=Judge orders release of key document in whistle-blower case |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-05-09] The Detroit City Council was not made aware of the text messages or a confidentiality agreement to keep them private when Kilpatrick and city lawyers requested the council to approve the $8.4 million settlement.cite web |last=Guthrie |first=Doug |coauthors=Christine MacDonald |date=2008-03-08 |url=http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080308/METRO/803080371 |title=Council seeks to join suit for texts |accessdate=2008-03-08 |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News]
The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and the Detroit City Council sued under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesting that the city release all settlement-related documents.cite web |last=Williams |first=Corey (Associated Press) |url=http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Feb07/0,4670,DetroitMayorFOIALawsuit,00.html |title=Reports: Detroit Approved Secret Deal
accessdate=2008-05-09 |date=2008-02-07 |work=FOXNews.com |publisher=FOXNews Network] cite web |last=Ashenfelter |first=David |coauthors= |date=2008-03-22 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080322/NEWS01/803220344/0/NEWS01 |title=City council gains in effort to obtain secret documents |accessdate=2008-04-05 |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett] The FOIA lawsuit ordered Mike Stefani to be deposed by the plaintiffs. Stefani revealed in the deposition the existence of a confidentiality agreement signed by all parties to keep confidential intimate text-messages between Kilpatrick and his then chief of staff, Christine Beatty. The Detroit Law Department initially denied the existence a "secret deal", but later fought unsuccessfully all the way to the
Michigan Supreme Courtto keep the documents sealed on the grounds that they are private communications.cite news |last=Ashenfelter |first=David |coauthors=Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick |date=2008-02-27 |url=http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080226/METRO/802260360 |title=New documents show mayor's cover-up |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-05-09] The unsealed documents revealed the stratagem of Kilpatrick and the City of Detroit Law Department to hide a series of text-messages that contradict the sworn testimony of Kilpatrick and Beatty, and provided the basis for a criminal investigation against the pair.cite news |last=Ashenfelter |first=David |coauthors=Joe Swickard and Zachary Gorchow |date=2008-03-28 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080324/NEWS01/303250001 |title=Kilpatrick and Beatty surrender
work-freep.com |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-04-05] cite video |people=Kilpatrick, Kwame and Christine Beatty (Witnesses) Mike Stefani (Attorney), Jim Schaeffer and M.L. Elrick (Narrators), Brian Kaufman, Mark Wright, and David P. Gilkey (Producers) |date2=2007-08-29 |url= http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080123/VIDEO01/80124002
title= Private exchanges contradict public statements |medium=online streaming video |publisher=Detroit Free Press |accessdate=2008-02-15 |quote=Beatty: I’m sorry that we are going through this mess because of a decision we made to fire Gary Brown. Kilpatrick: It had to happen though. I’m all the way with that!.]
The secret deal called for Brown to forfeit $3 million, Nelthrope to forfeit $2 million and Harris to give up $400,000 if they ever revealed the information; Stefani would forfeit $2.6 million in legal fees if he or any of his employees ever divulged the existence of the text-messages.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/NEWS01/80208051 |title=DOCUMENT: Exhibit 13: The secret deal to hide the text messages |accessdate=2008-02-15 |last=Staff Writer |date=2008-02-08 |work=online |publisher=The Detroit Free Press]
An investigation by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy concluded with Kilpatrick and Beatty charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, misconduct in office, and perjury. The council has requested Kilpatrick resign as mayor and that Jennifer Granholm use her gubernatorial authority to remove Kilpatrick from office due to his conduct in the trial.cite web |last=Gorchow |first=Zachary |coauthors=Suzette Hackney |date=2008-03-04 |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080304/NEWS01/80304028 |title=City Council votes to table resolution |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett|accessdate=2008-03-04] cite web |last=Gorchow |first=Zachary |coauthors=Ben Schmitt |date=2008-05-22 |title=Granholm starts Kilpatrick ouster inquiry
url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080522/news01/805220390 |work=freep.com |publisher=Detroit Free Press|accessdate=2008-05-27] Granholm said the inquiry is like a trial and that her role would be "functioning in a manner similar to that of a judicial officer."
Kilpatrick said he has paid back the $8.4 million through "hard work for the city" and dismissed any aspiration of removing him from office as "political rhetoric."cite web |last=Josar |first=David |date=2008-02-28 |url=http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080228/METRO/802280451 |title=Kilpatrick says he won't resign
accessdate=2008-02-29 |publisher=The Detroit News |work=detnews.com]
In January 2008, The
Detroit Free Pressexamined and revealed the existence of more than 14,000 text messages exchanged between Kilpatrick and his chief of staff Christine Beatty on their city issued SkyTel pagers between September 2002 – October 2002 and April 2003 – May 2003. The dates are of importance because they encompass the time periods of the alleged Manoogian Mansion party and the ouster of Gary Brown respectively.cite web |last=Schaefer |first=Jim |coauthors=M.L. Elrick |date=2008-01-24 |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080124/NEWS05/801240414&theme=KILPATRICK082007 |title=Mayor Kilpatrick, chief of staff lied under oath, text messages show Romantic exchanges undercut denials |accessdate=2008-01-24 |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett]
The text-messages are the nucleus of an $8.4 million secret deal settlement by the city of Detroit. The attorneys for the city had tried since 2004 to keep the text messages hidden on the basis that they were personal and private communications. However, a city directive re-authorized by Kilpatrick during his first term as mayor indicates that all electronic communication sent on city equipment should be "used in an honest, ethical, and legal manner" and cautions, "is not considered to be personal or private."cite news |last=Josar |first=David |coauthors=Paul Egan |date=2008-02-26 |url=http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080226/METRO/802260360 |title=Kilpatrick's memo set policy: Electronic messages are public |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News |accessdate=2008-02-26] The mayor's spokesman said the policy only applies to city-owned equipment and the text-messages are exempt since they were sent on a city-leased device.
Kilpatrick and Beatty, both married at the time, did discuss city business; however, many of the series of messages describe not a professional relationship but an extramarital sexual relationship between the two, often in graphic detail. The text messages further describe their use of city funds to arrange romantic getaways, their fears of being caught by the mayor's police protection unit, and evidence the pair conspired to fire Detroit Police Deputy Chief Gary Brown.
The exchanges also show their knowledge of 'fronts' in the bidding process and preferential treatment to close friend and businessman Bobby Ferguson. Text messages exchanged between Beatty and Ferguson show Ferguson requested and was given access to other contractors' bids, proposals and rates in order to undercut them, and ultimately secured over $45 million in city contracts. This preferential treatment in the Kilpatrick administration has come to be known as the 'Friends and Family Plan.'cite news |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080309/NEWS01/803090613/0/NEWS01 |title=Mayor's pal got inside scoop on contracts. Beatty shared advice, details of bids for city projects |accessdate=2008-03-12 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date=2008-03-09 |work=free.com |publisher=The Detroit Free Press |quote= ]
On March 18, 2008, the Detroit City Council passed a non-binding resolution asking for Kilpatrick to resign as mayor. The vote was 7–1 with
Monica Conyersbeing the only member to vote no. Martha Reeves was absent from the vote. The resolution cited 33 reasons for Kilpatrick to step down as mayor; reasons ranging from the secret settlement deals, to mandatory audits not being submitted to the state, to charges that Kilpatrick “repeatedly obfuscates the truth.” It was in effect a vote of no confidence in Kilpatrick and his administration. Kilpatrick has dismissed the vote as irrelevant and he declared that he would not resign as mayor. While this was a non-binding resolution, the council did ask its independent attorney, Bill Goodman, to “explore the proceedings by which the mayor may be removed from office” if Kilpatrick stands by his promise not to resign.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080318/NEWS01/80318008 |title=Kilpatrick vows to stay put after City Council asks for resignation |accessdate=2008-03-18|last=GORCHOW |first=ZACHARY |coauthors= |date=March 18, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press |quote= ]
On March 26, 2008, the Detroit Free Press published another text message that clearly contradicts Kilpatrick's testimony that Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown's employment was not terminated, but that he was 'unappointed'. In June 2003, six weeks after Brown's employment with the Detroit Police Department ended and just hours before Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox was to announce the findings of his office's investigation into Kilpatrick's security team's misconduct, the Manoogian Mansion party and the firing of Brown, Kwame Kilpatrick texted his staff the following on June 24, 2003:
"We must answer the question? Why was Gary Brown fired, It will be asked, I need short, powerful answer. ... I just need a good answer whatever it might be."cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080326/NEWS01/803260408 |title=Text message casts more doubt on mayor HE ASKED HOW TO EXPLAIN COP'S FIRING |accessdate=2008-03-26 |author=M.L. ELRICK |coauthors=JIM SCHAEFER and BEN SCHMITT|date=March 26, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press]
On the stand in the whistle blower trial, Kilpatrick stated that Brown was 'unappointed' from his duties as Deputy Police Chief and head of the department's internal affairs unit. The jury in that trial found in favor of Brown's account that he was fired and not 'unappointed'.
On March 24, 2008, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced a 12-count criminal indictment against Kilpatrick and former Detroit Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, charging Kilpatrick with eight felonies and Beatty with seven. Charges for both included perjury, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. Worthy also suggested that others in the Kilpatrick administration could also be charged. cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080324/NEWS01/303250001|title=Kilpatrick, Beatty face felony charges. The 12-count criminal information charges
perjury, conspiracy, misconduct in officeand obstruction of justice. |accessdate=2008-03-24 |last=ASHENFELTER|first=DAVID |coauthors=JOE SWICKARD |date=2008-03-24 |work=freep.com |publisher=Detroit Free Press |quote= ] The preliminary examination scheduled for September 22, 2008 was waived by both defendants; thereby, allowing the case to proceed directly to trial.cite web |date=2008-05-19 |last=Guthrie |first=Doug |coauthors= |url=http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080519/METRO/805190353 |title=Worthy to appeal for new judge today |accessdate=2008-05-22 |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News] cite web |date=2008-08-07 |last=Elrick |first=M.L. |coauthors=Jim Schaeffer |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080807/NEWS01/80807030/0/NEWS01 |title=Judge allows Kilpatrick, Beatty to waive prelim, go to trial |accessdate=2008-08-07 |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News]
In March 2008, a group of Kilpatrick's supporters created the “Detroit Justice Fund" to help cover the cost of the mayor's legal defense. Members of the fund's supervisory committee include former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and former DTE executive Martin Taylor.
Greg Mathis, a retired District Court judge and television personality was listed as a committee member, but disavowed any such support and has since called for Kilpatrick to resign.cite web |date=2008-03-27 |last=Snell |first=Robert |coauthors=Christine MacDonald and Darren A. Nichols |url=http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080327/METRO/803270391 |title=Mayor Kilpatrick to get legal defense funding |work=detnews.com |publisher=The Detroit News |accessdate=2008-03-27] WXYZ-TVreported that on July 23, 2008, Kilpatrick briefly traveled to the neighboring city of city-state|Windsor|Ontario, thus leaving Michigan and the US. Kilpatrick met with Windsor mayor Eddie Francisconcerning a deal on the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which would have seen the city of Windsor take over operational control of the tunnel in exchange for a $75 million loan to the cash-strapped city of Detroit. While Kilpatrick claimed that Francis had requested the meeting without prior notice, several Windsor city officials, including Francis, claimed that Kilpatrick in fact requested the meeting. cite web
url = http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=557bcb4c-2e07-4593-9e58-33715dc661a3
title = Detroit mayor jailed over trip to Canada
accessdate = 2008-08-08 |publisher = "
Ottawa Citizen"] Kilpatrick traveled without informing the court, as required by terms of his bail agreement. As a result, on August 7, 2008, Kilpatrick was remanded to spend a night in the Wayne County Jail. It was the first time in Detroit's history that its mayor had been ordered to jail. In issuing the order, Chief Judge Ronald Gilesstated that he could not treat the mayor differently than he did "John Sixpack." [cite news|title=Judge orders Detroit mayor to jail|date=2008-08-07|url=http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-08-07-detroit_N.htm] On August 8, 2008, Judge Thomas Jackson reversed the remand order and permitted Kilpatrick to be released on posting a $50,000 cash bond and the further condition that the mayor not travel, and wear a tethering device.
On August 8, 2008, Michigan Attorney General
Mike Coxannounced that two new felony counts had been filed against Kilpatrick for assaulting or interfering with a law officer. The new charges arose out of allegations that Kilpatrick on July 24, 2008, shoved a police officer who was attempting to serve a subpoena on an associate of the mayor. The second felony account arose out of allegations that a second officer was struck when the first officer was shoved into a woman police officer who was accompanying the first officer.
On September 4, 2008 at approximately 10 am, Kwame Kilpatrick pled guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and plead no contest to assaulting a Wayne County Sheriffs Deputy. As part of the plea agreement, he agreed to serve four months in the Wayne County Jail, pay one million dollars of restitution to the city of Detroit, surrender his license to practice law, five years probation and not run for public office during his probation period. He also was required to submit his resignation as mayor of Detroit and surrender his state of Michigan pension from his six years service as a Senator in the Michigan Senate prior to being elected mayor. His last day in office will be September 18, 2008. During his plea, Kilpatrick stated that he lied under oath several times.
Red Lincoln Navigator
WXYZ-TVreporter Steve Wilson reported that the city had entered an expensive one year lease for a luxury SUV. It was to be used to chauffeur the mayor's family. The lease was for $24,995, five dollars under the amount that would have required the approval of city council. Kilpatrick, chief of staff Christine Beatty, police chief Ella Bully-Cummings, and other members of the mayor's staff all denied that the red Lincoln Navigator was intended to be used by the mayor's wife and children. Eventually, Kilpatrick admitted the Navigator was for his family, claiming he had told the police chief that it was "too much" and to take it back.cite web |url=http://www.wxyz.com/content/news/investigators/story.aspx?content_id=1E66859F-687A-4788-82B2-F2EB795E133C&gsa=true |title=Where is the Red Navigator Now? |accessdate=2008-01-24 |date=Last Update: 2/21/2007 7:34 pm |work=online |publisher=WXYZ-TV] Media coverage of this story was best known for a situation involving the mayor and his security team. Wilson had tracked Kilpatrick down in Washington, D.C., where he was attending a mayor's conference. When Wilson tried to question Kilpatrick about the Navigator lease, a member of the mayor's security team is seen on camera shoving Wilson against a wall. [cite web|url=http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0501/22/metro-66912.htm |title=Kilpatrick Says He'll Answer SUV Questions |accessdate=2008-02-02 |date=Last Update: 2/22/2005 |work=online |publisher=Detroit News]
On May 8, 2007, WXYZ reported that Kilpatrick used $8,600 from his secret Kilpatrick Civic Fund to take his wife, three sons and babysitter on a week long vacation to a five-star California resort, the
La Costa Resort and Spa. [cite web |url=http://www.wxyz.com/content/news/investigators/story.aspx?content_id=bcf27fcb-2679-414c-b84a-4dc27f30e621 |title=Steve Wilson Investigates Mayor's Expenses |publisher=WXYZ.com |date=2007-05-10] The fund, controlled by Kilpatrick's sister and friends, was created to improve the city of Detroit through voter education, economic empowerment and crime prevention. Tax and accounting experts said Kilpatrick's use of the fund was a violation of IRSregulations. [ [http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070510/NEWS01/705100425 Broken Link] ] The story was also compounded after WXYZ's cameras caught Kilpatrick in a fit of rage grabbing the microphone out of the hand of reporter Ray Sayah and throwing it hard across the room such that it hit a wall, while Sayah tried to question him about the situation.
Kilpatrick was named in a slander lawsuit along with Christine Beatty and police chief
Ella Bully-Cummings. The lawsuit was brought about by two police officers that claimed to have been slandered in the media by city officials.cite web |url=http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=8568 |title=Cop Talk |accessdate=2008-01-25 |date=2005-11-20 |work= |publisher=The MetroTimes]
The lawsuit stems from a 2004 incident in which the two police officers pulled over Kilpatrick's chief of staff Christine Beatty for speeding. Beatty was irate at being stopped and bluntly asked the officers, "Do you know who the fuck I am?" when the officers came to the vehicle. While stopped, Beatty called Police Chief Bully-Cummings to have the officers called off, which the officers allege they were ordered to do. When reports of the incident started to surface in the media, Kilpatrick, Beatty and Bully-Cummings all claimed that the traffic stop was some type of "set-up" to harass Beatty.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080125/NEWS01/801250362/1001 |title=Slander Suit Cops who stopped Beatty rethink |accessdate=2008-01-25 |last=Schmitt |first=Ben |date=2008-01-25 |publisher=Gannett |work=The Detroit Free Press]
The parties in the law suit entered into mediation which recommended a settlement of $25,000 which was rejected twice by the Detroit City Council.cite web |first=Ben |last=Schmitt |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080219/NEWS01/80219033 |title=City Council OKs $25,000 settlement to cops who pulled Beatty over
accessdate=2008-02-19 |date=2008-02-19 |publisher=Gannett |work=freep.com]
In January 2008, it was revealed through text messages that Kilpatrick and Beatty were involved in a sexual relationship that both denied under oath. The attorney for the officers said
"I might take a different position on the case now. The mayor has been exposed and I may want more money for my clients now."
On February 19, 2008, the Detroit City Council voted unanimously to settle the lawsuit for $25,000. The attorney for the officers accepted the settlement and said of the officers, “They don’t want to be embroiled in this whole scandal."
The Wayne County Election Committee approved a recall petition to remove Kilpatrick as mayor based on the multi-million dollar settlement ($9,000,000+) in a whistle-blower lawsuit against the city, and the accusation that Kilpatrick misled the City Council into approving the settlement. The recall petition was filed by Douglas Johnson, a city council candidate. [cite news |last=Gorchow |first=Zachary |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080306/NEWS01/803060420 |title=Recall petition gets go-ahead
work=Detroit Free Press |publisher=Gannett |date=2008-03-06 |accessdate=2008-03-07] Kilpatrick has appealed to the commission to reconsider its decision on the grounds that Johnson is not a resident of Detroit. [cite news |last=Schmitt |first=Ben |url=http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080307/NEWS01/803070400 |title=Petitioner's residency questioned |work=Detroit Free Press |publisher=Gannett |date=2008-03-07 |accessdate=2008-03-07] Johnson also requested that Jennifer Granholm use her power as Governor to remove Kilpatrick from office.
On March 12, 2008, at the request of the Mayor's office, Wayne County Election Commission rescinded its earlier approval for the recall. The Mayor's office argued that there was not any evidence that the organizer, Douglas Johnson, actually resided within the city limits of Detroit. Johnson stated that his group would refile using another person whose residency would not be an issue. cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/NEWS06/803130381 |title=Reversed decision kills recall petition |accessdate=2008-03-13|last= ASHENFELTER |first=DAVID|coauthors= |date=March 13, 2008 |work= |publisher=The Detroit Free Press |quote= ] On March 27, 2008, a second recall petition was filed against Kilpatrick by Angelo Brown. Brown stated in his filing that Kilpatrick is too preoccupied with his legal problems to be effective. Kilpatrick's spokesman James Canning again dismissed this latest recall by saying: "It’s Mr. Brown’s right to file a petition, but it’s just another effort by a political hopeful to grab headlines."cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080327/NEWS01/80327060 |title=Detroit resident files recall petition against mayor |accessdate=2008-03-28 |last=ASHENFELTER |first= DAVID |coauthors= |date=March 27, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press]
On May 14 the
Detroit City Councilvoted to request that the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, remove Kilpatrick from office. [Nick Bunkley. [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/us/13cnd-detroit.html?ref=us Detroit Council Seeks Mayor’s Ouster.] Accessed May 14, 2008.]
Funneling of State Grant Money to Wife
Kilpatrick used his influence while in the Michigan legislature to funnel state grant money to two organizations that were vague on their project description. The groups were run by friends of Kilpatrick and both agreed to subcontract work to U.N.I.T.E., a company owned by Kilpatrick's wife Carlita. Carlita was the only employee and the firm received $175,000 from the organizations.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/NEWS01/805180596/0/NEWS01 |title=Kilpatrick helped friends get grants. Money also trickled down to the wife of the mayor |accessdate=2008-05-19 |last=Bell |first=Dawson |coauthors=JIM SCHAEFER and M.L. ELRICK |date=2008-05-18 |work=freep.com |publisher=Gannett |accessdate=2008-05-27] Detroit 3D was one of the groups and the State canceled its second and final installment of $250,000 because 3D refused to divulge details on how the funds were being spent.
Washington D.C. Police Denies Kilpatrick After-Hours Courtesy Protection
Since 2002, the Washington D.C. police will only offer professional courtesy protection to Kilpatrick while he is conducting official business in the nation's capital. Washington police no longer provide after-hours police protection to Kilpatrick because of his inappropriate partying during past visits.
SergeantTyrone Dodson of Washington explained by saying "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." The Kilpatrick administration allege that the statements and actions of the Washington police are part in a political conspiracy to ruin the mayor.cite news |first= |last=Associated Press |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=D.C. Police Stopped Providing After-Hours Security for Detroit's Mayor In 2002 |url=http://www.officer.com/article/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=20588 |work=officer.com |publisher=Law Enforcement News |date=2005-01-21 |accessdate=2008-02-24]
Preferential hiring of friends and family
It was revealed that at any given time there are about 100 appointees of Kilpatrick employed with the city. The
Detroit Free Pressexamined city records and found that 29 of Kilpatrick's closest friends and family were appointed to positions within the various city departments. This hiring practice came to be known as 'the friends and family plan'. Some appointees had little to no experience, while others, among them Kilpatrick's uncle Ray Cheeks and cousin Nneka Cheeks, falsified their résumés. Kilpatrick's cousin, Patricia Peoples, was appointed to the deputy director of human resources, giving her the ability to hire more of Kilpatrick's friends and family without it being viewed as a mayoral appointment. Though political appointments are not illegal, the sheer volume of Kilpatrick's appointments compared to all the appointments made by Detroit mayors since 1970, along with Kilpatrick's cutting of thousands of city jobs, make his appointments controversial.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080510/NEWS01/805110582/0/NEWS01 |title=Kilpatrick stocks payroll with friends, kin |accessdate=2008-05-16 |last=ELRICK |first=M.L. |coauthors=JIM SCHAEFER and KRISTI TANNER |date=May 10, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press]
The jobs held by friends and family range from secretarial positions to department heads. The appointees had an average salary increase of 36% compared with a 2% raise in 2003 and 2% raise in 2004 for fellow city workers. Some of the biggest salary increases were for April Edgar, half-sister of Christine Beatty, whose pay increase was 86% over 5 years. One of Kilpatrick's cousins, Ajene Evans, had a 77% increase in his salary same period. The biggest salary increase among the 29 appointees was that of LaTonya Wallace-Hardiman who went from $32,500 staff secretary, to an executive assistant making $85,501—163% in five years.
A preacher, a prostitute, & the mayor scandal
It was revealed on July 15, 2008 by WXYZ reporter Steve Wilson, that in 2005 Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, and the chief of police Ella Bully-Cummings allegedly used their positions to help an influential Baptist minister arrested for soliciting a prostitute to have the case dismissed. The arresting officer, Antoinette Bostic was told by her supervisors that Mangedwa Nyathi was a minister and that the mayor and the chief were calling them to get Bostic not to show up to court; thereby the judge would be forced to dismiss the case against Nyathi. Bostic ignored her supervisors and appeared in court. The defense lawyer, Charles Hammons, had the case postponed a couple of times and stated in court that “The mayor told me yesterday that this case is not gonna go forward”. Hammons admitted to Wilson that this was the fact and that this was how many cases for people who know the mayor in Detroit are handled. Bully-Cummings angrily denied that she have ever asked her officers to perform such acts of impropriety. Kilpatrick stated that Wilson of WXYZ "was just making up stories again". cite web |url=http://www.wxyz.com/content/news/investigators/story.aspx?content_id=680f95b5-dcf5-48b4-8d8e-34084c72809d |title=A Preacher, A Prostitute & The Mayor |accessdate=2008-07-16 |author=Steve Wilson |date=July 15, 2008 |work=TV and online print |publisher=WXYZ]
Allegations of assaulting a police officer
On July 24, 2008, at approximately 4 pm, Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Brian White and Joanne Kinney, an investigator from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office, went to Kilpatrick's sister Ayanna Kilpatrick's home in an attempt to serve a subpoena on Bobby Ferguson. Ayanna Kilpatrick is married to Daniel Ferguson, Bobby's cousin. While on the front porch of the home, Kwame Kilpatrick came out of the house with his bodyguards and pushed the sheriff's deputy, as Sheriff Warren Evans says, "...pushed him with significant force to make him bounce into the prosecutor's investigator". The mayor allegedly yelled at Kinney "How can a black woman be riding in a car with a man named White?" cite web |url=http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080725/METRO01/807250414&imw=Y |title=Judge revokes Kilpatrick's personal bond, restricts travel|accessdate=2008-07-26] Evans went on to say, "There were armed executive protection officers. My officers were there armed. And all of them had the consummate good sense not to let it escalate"...and "the two officers "wisely" left the property and returned to their office to report on the incident." cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080725/NEWS01/807250375 |title=Mayor faces new probe for run-in with officers |accessdate=2008-07-25 |last=ELRICK |first=M.L. |coauthors=JIM SCHAEFER, BEN SCHMITT and JOE SWICKARD |date=2008-07-25 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press]
Sheriff Evans stated that due to the "politically charged nature" of the incident, the case has been transferred to the Michigan State Police to investigate. Evans' daughter, who was on Kwame Kilpatrick's staff, resigned shortly after this incident.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080728/NEWS01/80728067 |title=Sheriff Evans backs deputy; his daughter resigns from Kilpatrick’s staff |accessdate=2008-07-28 |publisher=Detroit Free Press]
FBI corruption investigation of Kilpatrick family and friends
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating corruption within Detroit's city hall; in particular, how contracts are awarded. Through the use of undercover video, wiretaps, and informants, the FBI is trying to determine if Bernard Kilpatrick, father of Kwame Kilpatrick and ex-husband of U.S. congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, was involved in payoff schemes to steer city business to contractors and then illegally funnel any money or kickbacks back to his son, the mayor.cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080816/NEWS01/808160374/0/NEWS06 |title= Kilpatrick's father is target of FBI probe Contractor deals for city work questioned|accessdate=2008-08-20 |last=ASHENFELTER |first=DAVID |coauthors=JIM SCHAEFER and M.L. ELRICK |date=August 16, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press] cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080718/NEWS01/807180398/0/NEWS06 |title=Wiretaps of mayor's dad sent FBI on probe |accessdate=2008-08-20 |last=ELRICK |first=M.L. |coauthors=DAVID ASHENFELTER, JOE SWICKARD and JIM SCHAEFER |date=July 18, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press] The FBI also announced that Derrick Miller, a close friend of Kilpatrick's who was a top adviser in the Kilpatrick campaigns and most recently (2007) was the chief information officer of the City of Detroit, was named as a target of the corruption investigation. cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080820/NEWS06/808200413 |title=FBI names Kilpatrick ex-aide; federal probe looks at dealings |accessdate=2008-08-20 |last=SCHAEFER |first=JIM |coauthors=DAVID ASHENFELTER and M.L. ELRICK |date=August 20, 2008 |work= |publisher=Detroit Free Press]
On March 24, 2008, Kilpatrick was charged with eight felony counts, including
perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice. On May 13, 2008, the Detroit City Council approved a resolution to request that Michigan's governor, Jennifer Granholm, remove Kilpatrick from office. On August 8, 2008, Michigan's Attorney General, Mike Cox, announced two new felony counts had been filed against Kilpatrick for assaulting and interfering with a law officer.
On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor, effective September 18, [cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080904/NEWS01/309050001| title=Mayor: 'I lied under oath' |accessdate=2008-09-04] following a guilty plea to two felonies for obstruction of justice arising from a complex settlement scheme in a civil case where he lied about an extra-marital affair under oath, then caused the case to be settled at a premium in exchange for an agreement by the parties not to disclose his affair. He then misrepresented the settlement to the citizens of Detroit and City Council. As a result of his guilty plea, Kilpatrick will pay restitution to the city of Detroit in the amount of one million dollars, lose his pension, serve four months in the Wayne County jail, serve five years probation, and surrender his law license; and is prohibited from running for public office for five years.
In the separate assault case, he pled no contest to one felony count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in exchange for a second assault charge being dropped. This deal also required his resignation and 120 days in jail, to be served concurrently with his jail time for the perjury counts. [cite web |url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080904/NEWS01/80904032/0/NEWS01 |title=Kilpatrick pleads no contest to charge of assaulting police |accessdate=2008-09-04] His sentencing is scheduled for October 28, 2008.
Detroit City Council President
Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.replaced Kilpatrick as mayor at 12:01am September 19, 2008.
Kilpatrick briefly addressed the
2004 Democratic National Convention.
*2005 Race for Mayor (Detroit)
**Kwame Kilpatrick (D) (inc.), 53%
Freman Hendrix(D), 47%
*2005 Race for Mayor (Detroit) (Primary Election)
Freman Hendrix(D), 45%
**Kwame Kilpatrick (D) (inc.), 34%
Sharon McPhail(D), 12%
Hansen Clarke(D), 8%
*2001 Race for Mayor (Detroit)
**Kwame Kilpatrick (D), 54%
Gil Hill(D), 46%"'
* [http://www.recallkwame.org Internet Petition To Recall Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/10/national/10detroit.html New York Times article profiling Kilpatrick]
* [http://www.citymayors.com/mayors/detroit_mayor.html CityMayors.com profile]
* [http://kwamekilpatrick.com KwameKilpatrick.com website]
* [http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080401/NATION/804010413/1020 Finland's foreign minister ousted over text message scandal]
* [http://www.recallkilpatrick.com Official Web Site of the Recall Effort]
* [http://www.wxyz.com/news/story.aspx?content_id=c3b744a1-f623-4efb-955a-a586c06a1edf] "Deal Reached in Mayor Scandal"
NAME= Kilpatrick, Kwame
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