Well, the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal continues. Early last week, sheriff’s deputy Brian White was serving a subpoena to Bobby Ferguson, a friend of Kilpatrick’s. Kilpatrick threw White into his partner, Joann Kinney, and made a comment shaming her (a black woman) for working with a white man.
Personally, I am appalled that he wasn’t arrested. If he weren’t a corrupt mayor with a corrupt mother as a Congresswoman, he’d be in JAIL right now. Although, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran did not request that Kilpatrick be taken into custody for the assault.
Instead, 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles changed Kilpatrick’s $75,000 bond from a personal bond in the perjury case (which he was not required to pay – I don’t know why) to requiring him to post $7,500 cash to stay out of jail. He also revoked Kilpatrick’s privileges to travel without a court hearing, except for already-scheduled travels. He also ordered periodic and random drug test on Kilpatrick.
Judge Giles said, it doesn’t “matter whether investigator White was pushed or thrown … the fact that defendant Kilpatrick decided to inject himself into this situation where the officers were attempting to lawfully serve a subpoena … defendant Kilpatrick had no right … to come into contact with investigator White or say anything to investigator White. … I see the behavior as totally irrational. I don’t know what was going on in defendant Kilpatrick’s life that he exploded, for want of a better term. This is ridiculous. … I have locked up defendants for approaching or saying things to witnesses for a lot less, let alone touching them. I’m at a loss to defendant Kilpatrick’s behavior here. It’s irrational.”
He made a statement directly to Kilpatrick in the court, saying, “You’re a licensed attorney. You’re a public official. Everything you do, every step you take, every word you say is somewhere recorded for everyone to hear. You need to keep that in mind.”
Robert Moran told reporters, “This underscores a problem that perhaps he’s not taking this as seriously as he should … you can’t bully police officers.”
Here’s what White testified to the court:
He was on his way to serve a subpoena to city employee Brenda Braceful when he saw a Ferguson Enterprises truck in the neighborhood and stopped because he had a subpoena for Ferguson. He checked the address, and the house was Ayanna Kilpatrick’s, the mayor’s sister.
He approached the mayor’s bodyguard standing outside. “I identified myself immediately as a police officer, I raised my ID and said I needed to speak to Bobby Ferguson. He made a sweeping motion with his right arm to the house … he accompanied us to the front door.”
After meeting someone who called himself Derrick Ferguson, White heard shouting from inside.
“‘Don’t tell those f******* anything … Get the f*** out of here.’ At that point Kilpatrickcomes storming out through the door, grabbed me with both of my hands behind me and throws me into investigator Kinney.”
White testified that Kilpatrick then said: “Get the f*** out of here. Leave my f****** family alone. Get off my f****** porch.”
White testified Kilpatrick continued accusing him of harassing his family.
Kinney later testified: “It happened so fast … I was like, I couldn’t believe this was happening.”
Kinney said the Mayor told her: “You, a black woman being with a man with the last name White, you should be ashamed of yourself. Why are you a part of this?”
Now, the issue is a State Police issue, since the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office handed it over to the state to investigate, so that there would be no appearance of a conflict of interest. Attorney General Mike Cox was happy to take the case, and he has previously expressed his opinion that Kilpatrick should resign.
I trust that Cox will do a good job, and hopefully we can get Kilpatrick out of office and into a prison cell!
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