Detroit Mayor Will Not Face Charges
DETROIT (AP) _ The Michigan attorney general said Tuesday he would not bring charges against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his security force after completing a sweeping investigation into allegations of misconduct.
``The task was simple: Do we have evidence of crimes being committed? The answer is ’no,‴ Attorney General Mike Cox said.
Kilpatrick came under scrutiny after a deputy police chief charged that the mayor fired him May 9 for investigating allegations of drunken driving, falsified overtime records and a cover-up by two of the security detail’s 20 members.
The fired deputy, Gary Brown, said he also was looking into an allegation that a wild party was held last year at the mayor’s mansion where there was nude dancing and an assault that was concealed from police.
``Over 50 different witnesses who presumably were in a position to know about such an incident were directly asked about the alleged party,″ Cox said. ``Not one witness had any direct or indirect credible knowledge of such an event.″
``The party has all the earmarks of an ‘urban legend,’ and it should be treated as such,″ he said.
Kilpatrick, 32, has denied the allegations and said the party never occurred. He urged the city Tuesday to move beyond the investigation.
``Let’s forget about the nonsense and let’s get to work,″ he said to a standing ovation and cheers from his supporters.
In Cox’s five-week investigation, more than 120 witnesses were interviewed, 90 subpoenas were issued, a forensic analysis of computers was performed and more than 10,000 pages of documents were reviewed.
Brown filed a lawsuit on June 2 and accused the city and its officials of violating the state Whistleblowers’ Protection Act by firing him. He is seeking $6 million in damages.
Michael Stefani, one of the attorneys representing Brown in his civil suit, said the attorney general’s office did what was appropriate under the circumstances. Stefani said the lack of criminal charges won’t hurt the pending lawsuit.
Kilpatrick, the son of Michigan politicians, has been dogged for much of his 17-month tenure by complaints about his large security detail and his decision to give city jobs to friends and relatives. He has also been faced with cleaning up corruption in Detroit’s police department.
Also Tuesday, about 200 relatives, friends, union members and off-duty police officers rallied outside a precinct in support of 17 officers indicted on federal conspiracy charges. The officers are accused of stealing money and drugs from suspects during illegal searches.
Across the street, about a dozen members of Coalition Against Police Brutality demonstrated in support of the government’s actions, Detroit television station WXYZ reported.